Built by Aichi. At the factory, painted with dark green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 99 Carrier Bomber Model 22 / Ku Ku Kamba (Kanbaku) / D3A2 Val.
Assigned to 582 Kōkūtai (582 Air Group). Tail code 82-224. This Val was abandoned at Hoskins Airfield. Likely force landed after a mission from Cape Gloucester Airfield (Tuluvu).
During May 1944, this Val was captured largely intact by the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) and photographed on May 12, 1944 showing tail code 82-224. Later, the Australian Army photographed the same wreckage on September 10, 1944.
In the late 1970's, only the wings and center fuselage remain. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared sometime afterwards.
Serial Number & Production Sequence D3A2 Carrier Bombers by Jim Long
Tuluvu's Air War by Richard Dunn
Thanks to Richard Dunn and Michael Claringbould for additional information
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January 7, 2021