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D3A dive bomber taking off from carrier Akagi to join the second wave of Pearl Harbor attackers, 7 Dec 1941

Caption     D3A dive bomber taking off from carrier Akagi to join the second wave of Pearl Harbor attackers, 7 Dec 1941 ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Jun 2015 06:43:25 PM


Like most Japanese combat aircraft, the Aichi D3A Val lacked armor protection this wasn't such
a good option for a combat aircraft. Taking a few hits in the wings or fuselage, would result in setting off the fuel tanks, and becoming a flamer!


The Val had five unarmored fuel tanks, using 92 octane fuel, two tanks located in each wing and one tank under the pilots seat. For carrier takeoff the pilot would use a small starboard wing tank holding 100 octane fuel.
In front of the pilot was one, 60 liter unprotected oil tank. It took courage just to climb aboard and fly an aircraft that could become a flaming torch in combat...

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