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D3A dive bombers prepared for take off from an airfield, date unknown

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Added Date 1 Oct 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
21 Mar 2010 06:29:38 PM

Line up of D3A2's photo could have been taken at Rabaul 1942. Missions from Rabaul to Guadalcanal was a roundtrip of 1,300 miles. However, to make the trip, the Val carried one 87 gallon auxiliary fuel tank plus a pair of 130 lb. bombs under the wings. Equipped this way, the Val could not carry the usual 550lb. bomb.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Nov 2011 03:38:56 PM

The Japanese failed to build auxilliary air fields between Rabaul and Guadalcanal over 675 miles away, the crews flew to extreme limits to reach their targets. In the first two days fighting, during the Guadalcanal campaign, eighteen D3A Val Dive-bombers, ditched at sea when they ran out of fuel. The Japanese lost between 600 to 800 aircraft, plus trained crews. NO SIDE SHOW: The Guadalcanal campaign involved 50 actions, with ships and planes, 7 major sea battles, 10 land battles, besides Japanese aircraft losses,they lost 38 ships,31,000 killed with 1,000 captured.

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