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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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Aircraft History
Built by Aichi. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the 582 Kokutai. Tail code 82-224.

Wartime History
Abandoned at Hoskins Airfield, probably force landed after a mission from Cape Gloucester Airfield (Tuluvu).

Wreckage
A USMC photograph taken May 12, 1944 shows tail number 82-224. Later, Australian forces photographed the same wreckage on September 10, 1944.

During the late 1970's, only the wings and center fuselage remain.  It is believed this aircraft was scrapped or otherwise disappeared sometime afterwards.

References
Tuluvu's Air War by Richard Dunn

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January 31, 2018

 

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