Aichi 99 Kanbaku 'Val' Units


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Aichi 99 Kanbaku 'Val' Units


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The Aichi Type 99 Carrier Bomber (D3A) – code named 'Val' by Allied intelligence – was the mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Navy's carrier dive-bomber force from 1941 to 1943. It sank more Allied warship tonnage than any other Axis aircraft during World War 2. While the Val's participation in the major carrier battles has been widely covered in other English language sources, details of its operations have received scant attention in English. This book explores the Val's combat operations. Colour illustrations and photographs complement the development of dive-bombing methods in the IJN.

Table of Contents

Chapter One – Dive Bombing in the Imperial Japanese Navy/Chapter Two – China – First Blood/Chapter Three – Prelude to Pearl Harbor/Chapter Four – Tora, Tora, Tora/Chapter Five – Southern Advance/Chapter Six – Zenith in the Indian Ocean/Chapter Seven – Coral Sea – The Carriers Clash/Chapter Eight – Midway and the Aleutians/Appendices

Product details

Published 20 Dec 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841769127
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 21 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 63
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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