Photography by Ian L. Sitren

The Dive Bomber Of Pearl Harbor

Yesterday at the Pearl Harbor Commemoration at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Flown by Pilot Tom Nightingale. This Japanese VAL Dive Bomber remains on display for December at the Museum, so I urge you to get over there and take a look. It is truly something to see.

The Aichi D3A Dive Bomber, nicknamed “Val”, was the aircraft carrier borne airplane that flew in almost all actions, including Pearl Harbor to the end of World War II. It was responsible for sinking more Allied warships than any other aircraft. This replica flying out of the Palm Springs Air Museum was flown in both the movies “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “Pearl Harbor”.

Peearl Harbor Attack

Photographed with FujiFilm X series camera and lens

2 responses

  1. Jennifer

    Your pix of these planes are very moving. There is so much clarity and detail.
    It’s so easy from our vantage point in 2015 to view these weapons of war as small, somehow charming little planes,but it’s important to remember that they really were instruments of destruction.

    Thank you for clear documentation.

    December 8, 2015 at 4:56 am

    • Thank You! That is so very kind!

      December 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

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