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  D3A2 Model 22 Val Manufacture Number ? Tail 82-224
IJN
582 Kōkūtai

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USMC May 12, 1944

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September 10, 1944

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M Claringbould 1977

Aircraft History
Built by Aichi. At the factory, painted with dark green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 99 Carrier Bomber Model 22 / Ku Ku Kamba (Kanbaku) / D3A2 Val.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 582 Kōkūtai. Tail code 82-224. This Val was abandoned at Hoskins Airfield. Likely force landed after a mission from Cape Gloucester Airfield (Tuluvu).

Wreckage
During May 1944, this Val was captured largely intact by the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) and photographed on May 12, 1944 showing tail code 82-224. Later, the Australian Army photographed the same wreckage on September 10, 1944.

In the late 1970's, only the wings and center fuselage remain.  Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared sometime afterwards.

References
Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers by Jim Long
Tuluvu's Air War by Richard Dunn
Thanks to Richard Dunn and Michael Claringbould for additional information

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December 27, 2018

 

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