The Aichi D3A is a Japanese 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, like many other aircraft in Japan during World War II.
|Aichi D3A1 from carrier Akagi.|
|Role||Carrier-based dive bomber|
|Manufacturer||Aichi Kokuki KK|
|First flight||January 1938|
|Primary user||Imperial Japanese Navy|
|Number built||1,495 |
|Developed into||Yokosuka D3Y Myōjo|
- Chant 1999, p. 16.