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Aichi 99 Kanbaku 'Val' Units: 1937-42 by Osamu Tagaya

By Osamu Tagaya

The Aichi variety ninety nine provider Bomber (D3A) - code named 'Val' by means of Allied intelligence - used to be the mainstay of the Imperial eastern Navy's service dive-bomber strength from 1941 to 1943. It sank extra Allied warship tonnage than the other Axis airplane in the course of global conflict II (1939-1945). whereas the Val's participation within the significant provider battles has been greatly coated in different English language assets, information of its operations have acquired scant realization in English. This booklet explores the Val's strive against operations. color illustrations and images supplement the advance of dive-bombing tools within the IJN.

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They claimed the flying boat shot down, but had in fact inflicted only minimal damage. Continuing north at an altitude of 2000 m, they next ran into a B-17E hugging the waves and gave chase. This was another of the bombers that had flown in from the West Coast that morning, this machine (flown by 1Lt Frank P Bostrom) hailing from the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron/7th Bomb Group. The kanbaku crews got a first-hand taste of the ruggedness of the Flying Fortress as repeated passes failed to bring down the four-engined bomber.

Hard on their heels in a second car came squadronmates 2Lts John L Dains and Harry W Brown, together with the squadron executive officer, 1Lt Robert J Rogers, harassed by a strafing Type 99. Dains managed to take off in a P-40B before the dive-bomber came over to strafe the airstrip, this being the only time that Haleiwa was attacked. Dains gave chase and apparently pursued the Type 99 along much of the north shore, finally shooting it down into the sea off Kaaawa, on the windward side of the island.

Following formal surrender of American and Filipino forces on 6 May, the 31st operated from Cebu, in the central Philippines, later that month, and subsequently established a detachment at Davao from July onward. Although Japan had now achieved its main objectives, the war was far from over. In support of forthcoming operations to invade Burma and the Andaman Islands, Imperial Headquarters and Combined Fleet had formally decided on 14 February to undertake an operation to seek out and destroy the Royal Navy in the Indian Ocean, code-named Operation C.

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