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By Osamu Tagaya

The Aichi sort ninety nine service Bomber (D3A) - code named 'Val' by way of Allied intelligence - used to be the mainstay of the Imperial jap Navy's service dive-bomber strength from 1941 to 1943. It sank extra Allied warship tonnage than the other Axis plane in the course of global struggle II (1939-1945). whereas the Val's participation within the significant provider battles has been commonly lined in different English language assets, info of its operations have obtained scant recognition in English. This ebook explores the Val's strive against operations. color illustrations and images supplement the improvement of dive-bombing equipment within the IJN.

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Meanwhile, the kanbaku from Hiryu, led by Lt Michiji Yamashita (transferred from Soryu after Pearl Harbor), found the 2600-ton US freighter Florence D. They sank the ship with two to four hits and five near misses. All aeroplanes were back aboard by 1830 hrs. Kido Butai now withdrew to Staring Bay, in the Celebes, arriving there on the 21st, while its air groups landed at Kendari, just northwest of 51 CHAPTER FIVE 52 the bay. Four days later, on 25 February, the fleet sailed again, this time to sweep the seas south of Java to hunt down Allied ships fleeing the imminent fall of that island.

The dive-bombers, under the overall command of Lt Cdr Takahashi, struck port facilities and the only two vessels in Simpson Harbour, the Norwegian freighter Herstein and the floating coal bunker, and former liner, Westralia. The Type 97s bombed Lakunai airfield and also lent a hand against the Herstein, while the Zero-sen escort quickly disposed of three Wirraways from No 24 Sqn RAAF caught in the air over Lakunai – two more crash-landed. The raid cost the Japanese three aircraft. A Shokaku W 46 Under overcast skies, ‘EII-206’ takes off from 5th Koku Sentai flagship Zuikaku, probably on 20 January 1942 for the initial strike on Rabaul, New Britain.

Finally, after some two-and-a-half hours, during which Yamakawa had despaired, more than once, of ever finding Kido Butai, they flew over one of their scout submarines and were heartened to see sailors atop the conning tower waving the Rising Sun flag and cheering them on. Thinking better of their initial decision to ditch next to the submarine, they eventually found Kaga. As they passed over the carrier’s stern, their fuel-starved engine gave out before the wheels touched the deck. Yamakawa jammed on the brakes as the crash barrier loomed up ahead.

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