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Planes of Fame Air Museum - Valle

Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bomber - Planes of  Fame Air Museum

"Val" dive bomber

Aichi D3A1 "Val"
Dive Bomber

This dive bomber is a conversion for the movie Tora, Tora, Tora. By the end of WWII most of the Japanese aircraft had been destroyed, either by the Allies during combat, or by the Japanese themselves, to prevent capture by the enemy. The aircraft on display is actually a modified Vultee BT-13 trainer made to look like an Aichi D3A1 dive bomber for the movie.

The Aichi D3A1 was the main carrier-based dive bomber used by the Japanese during WWII. As the Japanese became more desparate toward the end of World War II, some of the D3A2's were used for kamikaze (suicide) missions. The Allied code name for the Aichi D3A1 dive bomber was "Val".

Wreck of a Yokosuka D46 Suisei (Comet) "Judy" at Planes of Fame Air Museum

Wreck of a
Japanese "Judy"

Yokosuka D46 Suisei

This aircraft was recovered from Babo Airfield, Dutch New Guinea, (now called Irian Jaya), Indonesia. The Allied code name for the Yokosuka D46 Suisei (Comet), was "Judy". According to the museum info it was a single-engined carrier-based dive-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, and land-based night fighter. It had all-metal construction with fabric-covered control surfaces. The "Judy" dive bomber accommodated a crew of two in tandem enclosed cockpit (all versions except D4Y4) or pilot in enclosed cockpit (D4Y4).

MXY7 Ohka flying "Baka"  Bomb at Planes of Fame Air Museum

G4M "Betty" bomber with MXY7 Ohka

Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka "cherry blossom" "baka"

The MXY7 Ohka (OKA) was a manned, rocket-powered flying bomb which was usually carried in the bomb bay of a twin-engine Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bomber. As the bomber neared the target, the suicide pilot would climb inside of the rocket. When within range, the MXY7 Ohka would be released, as shown in the photo above on the right. The suicide pilot would guide the rocket on to its target. The MXY7 Ohka flying bomb was called the "baka" by the Americans, which meant "fool" in Japanese. It was first used in 1945, the last year of World War II. This MXY7 Ohka, number I-1,8 was captured at Yontan, Okinawa.

~ Photos taken at Planes of Fame Air Museum - Valle-Williams, AZ


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