Aichi D3A

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D3A1 Akagi.jpg
Aichi D3A1 from carrier Akagi.
Role Carrier-based dive bomber
Manufacturer Aichi Kokuki KK
First flight January 1938
Introduction 1940[1]
Retired 1945
Primary user Imperial Japanese Navy
Number built 1,495
(479 D3A-1)
(1016 D3A-2)
Developed into Yokosuka D3Y Myōjo

The Aichi D3A is a light bomber of the World War II. It was used by the Japanese navy. The plane was used in two famous battles: Pearl Harbor bombing and the Battle of Midway. It was nicknamed Val by the Allied forces. Some were used as kamikaze planes.

References[change | change source]

  1. Chant 1999, p. 16.
  • Mondey, David (1996). Axis Aircraft of World War II. Chancellor Press, London. ISBN 1851529667.