or 552 Kōkūtai
Mark Reichman 2005
Built by Aichi, completed in early September 1943. A component dataplate for the 250 kg bomb shackle is serial number 3383. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to either the 582 Kokutai or 552 Kokutai.
This aircraft crashed near Wako village, near Arawe (Cape Merkus) with at least one bomb aboard, likely prior to bomb release. Likely shot down by anti-aircraft fire or American fighters and crashed between December 15-31, 1943 during Japanese air raids against
the U. S. Army
beachead and U. S. Navy vessels supporting the American landing at Arawe (Cape Merkus).
Pieces of the wreckage including propeller, engine and a landing gear leg remain at the crash site. Also, the remains of at least one 60kg bomb.
Thanks to Mark Reichman for additional information
"Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers" by Jim Long.
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