1942 MacArthur name “Val” Aichi “Type 99”

World War II Japanese dive bomber plane

Original aeroplane identification poster, 1942

63x47cm

A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series – and we have many in this series – have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view.

The Aichi D3A Type 99 Carrier Bomber (Allied reporting name “Val”) was a World War II carrier-borne dive bomber. It was the primary dive bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and was involved in almost all IJN actions, including the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Aichi D3A was the first Japanese aircraft to bomb American targets in the war, commencing with Pearl Harbor and U.S. bases in the Philippines, such as the Clark Air Force Base. They sank more Allied warships than any other Axis aircraft.

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