The Aichi D3A Type 99 (Allied name “Val”) is a World War II carrier dive bomber. It was the main dive bomber of the IIJN and was involved in almost all IJN actions, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. “Val” was the first Japanese aircraft to bomb American targets in the war, commencing with Pearl Harbor and U.S. bases in the Philippines. They sank more Allied warships than any other Axis aircraft. Development of “Val” was from 1936 to 1939, 1495 bombers were manufactured.