Aichi Type 99 Carrier Bomber (Kanbaku) / D3A Val
Built by Aichi. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) designation was Type 99 Carrier Bomber / Ku Ku Kamba (Kanbaku) / D3A Val. This low-wing monoplane had fixed landing gear. Its performance characteristics were not impressive, but well-trained Japanese
pilots could use it as an effective dive bomber achieving great
accuracy. Despite the lower speed of the Val it was highly maneuverable.
At the start of the Pacific War, the Val was the primary dive bomber operating aboard aircraft carriers or land based airfields.
D3A1 (Model 11)
The D3A1 Model 11 was the initial production design in use at the start of the Pacific War against Pearl Harbor and Philippines.
D3A2 (Model 22)
The first D3A2 Model 22 models were assembled in June 1942 and entered service in the later half of 1942.
A total of 1,495 were built.
Notes on the Production Record of the Val by Jim Long
Crew Two (pilot, gunner)
Engine 14 cylinder radial with three bladed propeller
Maximum Speed 209 km/h
Range 795 miles
Armament (nose) 2 x 7.7mmmachine guns (rear) 7.7mm machine gun
Bomb load (centerline) 250 kg (wings) 2 x 60 kg