D3A2 dive bombers in flight, 1942-1943

Caption   D3A2 dive bombers in flight, 1942-1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation
Identification Code   1996.488.159.014
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 12 May 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
15 May 2013 04:06:28 PM

Did you know that the Aichi D3A (Val) dive bomber
sank more Allied ships during the first ten months of the Pacific War, then any other type of Japanese aircraft.
File photograph above is the Aichi D3A2 carrying 1x550lb bomb the (Val) arrived in combat at the end of 1942.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Jun 2015 05:10:40 PM


Type 99 Carrier Bomber Model 22 good in flight shot. The D3A2 was cleaned up with redesigned engine cowling and cockpit canopy.
Powered by a Mitsubishi Kinsei Air-Cooled Radial Engine w/propeller spinner now added, improved top speed, payload remained the same and range was reduced.


The Imperial Japanese Navy entered WWII with the best trained naval aviators in the world as combat losses mounted within the first year of the war, the lack of trained replacement pilots was felt. The short sightedness of navy training was not sustainable with continued loss of aircrew.
Replacements were not as highly trained as pre-war crews and rushed through training along with the lack of combat experience and flying hours made them easy targets against allied pilots.

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