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D3A dive bomber of carrier Akagi in flight, date unknown

Caption   D3A dive bomber of carrier Akagi in flight, date unknown ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 1 Oct 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
2 Apr 2010 07:59:35 PM

Aichi D3A Type 99 Dive Bomber Aircraft A1-208 Pilot- Tokuji Iizuka,Carrier,Akagi Dec 7,1941 plane is overall light gray with cowing a black/blue. Allied code name (Val)
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 May 2010 07:52:55 PM

Aichi(Val)Dive Bomber AI-208 from Carrier Akagi. Object on right wing, is gun camera, this was also an aid in pre-war training.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
26 Sep 2010 08:06:05 PM

Aichi D3A Type 99 Dive Bomber carried a type 98 high explosive bomb of 550lb the bomb case was made from welded and riveted construction, with a cast steel nose able to penetrate up to 400mm of reinforced concrete. Designed in 1937 and put into service in 1938. This weapon was used at the Battle of Midway in June, 1942. 500 D3A1's and 1,000 D3A2'2 were built.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
27 Sep 2010 09:40:43 AM

Armament: 2x7.7mm machine-guns in the engine cowling 1x7.7mm machine-gun for the radio operator/ gunner. Bomb-load: One 250kg(500lb.) bomb under the fuselage and two 60kg/132lb bombs under the wings. During the last year of the war, the D3A was used for kamikaze sorties
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
1 Jul 2011 05:39:49 PM

The Val was in service with the Imperial Navy and took part in the Pearl Harbor attack and many of the carrier operations afterward. Replaced by the D3A Model 22, that appeared in June 1942 and started to replace the older Model 11s in front-line units that year. Most of the older Model 11s, were sent to training schools, surviving aircraft were later used in Kamikaze missions.

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