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General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
3.65 tTake-off weight
0.33 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10500 mCeiling
Mitsubishi Kinsei 44Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
600 km/hStructural
650 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gunWeapon 1
1800 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Type 92 machine gunTurret
1000 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bomb
1 x 250 kg Navy Type Number 25 Model 2 bomb
Setup 1
2900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png260 / 327/260 / 327/170 / 214Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
70 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage D3A1.jpg

The D3A1 is a rank I Japanese dive bomber with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed

(km/h at 3,900 m)

Max altitude


Turn time


Rate of climb


Take-off run


Stock 417 408 10500 30.0 30.6 6.4 6.4 232
Upgraded 443 430 28.5 29.2 11.1 8.6


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
600 650 480 ~12 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 330 < 360 < 380 > 315
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,700 m 1,065 hp 1,118 hp

Survivability and armour

The D3A1 lacks any armour protection, but its three fuel tanks are self-sealing. One is located beneath the pilot, and the other two are in the wings, one in each wing. The gunner is exposed (his head sticks out of the aircraft).


Offensive armament

Main article: Type 97 navy (7.7 mm)

The D3A1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Type 97 navy machine guns, nose-mounted (900 rpg = 1,800 total)

Suspended armament

The D3A1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 250 kg Navy Type Number 25 Model 2 bomb + 2 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs (370 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Type 92 navy (7.7 mm)

The D3A1 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Type 92 navy machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in battles

The D3A is a highly manoeuvrable but lightly armed dive bomber. It is very capable of pulling off some rather drastic defensive manoeuvres when under attack. Once the bombs have been dropped, it can give many of the fighters it faces a run for their money in dog-fighting.

When flying the D3A1, extra caution should be taken around planes equipped with 12.7 mm M2 Browning Heavy Machine Guns and/or cannons. Those planes will easily shred you because of their firepower. The D3A1 does not like to take battle damage and a short burst from any of those planes will cripple your plane if not destroy it outright.

This agility comes at a cost, however. The D3A is not nearly as sturdy and therefore cannot take much punishment. It also is rather lightly armed, with the relatively ineffectual Japanese 7.7 mm machine guns and a bomb load of only one 250 kg under fuselage bomb with two 60 kg light bombs under the wings. It must be said, however, that this is more or less sufficient against the biplanes and light vehicles that it usually faces at its battle rating.

Also, Spitfires are another enemy plane to be feared because even though the D3A1 is manoeuvrable, the Spitfire will easily outmanoeuvre you as well as outrun and outclimb you.

When battling the D3A1, do not fear its firepower as it's relatively weak. Always remember the D3A1 is extremely manoeuvrable so apply Boom and Zoom tactics if the D3A1 attempts to dogfight with you.

Tip: Taking off in simulator battles Hands-off carrier take-off (Auto engine control, no secondary weapons): Start engine, flaps: raised, elevator trim: 8% up, aileron trim: 0%, rudder trim: 21% right, WEP throttle, hands off controls until your plane lifts off the carrier.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 7 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)
  • When grinding the D3A1 it's preferred to focus on grinding for the performance as the bomb load is already unlocked. The armaments should be focus last as performance is the key trait of the D3A1.

Pros and cons


  • Can be used as a fighter once payload has been dropped
  • Fast for a dive bomber
  • Has air brakes (H key by default)
  • Extremely manoeuvrable


  • Inadequate defence (1 x 7.7 mm Type 92)
  • No armament options other than 250 kg and 60 kg bombs
  • Payload is rather weak
  • Does not react well to battle damage
  • No armour or bulletproof glass to protect the pilot or gunner


In-game description

The single-engine carrier-based Aichi D3A dive bomber, a metal-construction monoplane, was created by order of Japan’s Supreme Command of Naval Aviation to replace the obsolete D1A biplane. The shape of the wing and tail, as well as the presence of special dive brake flaps, came from the German aircraft company Heinkel, which was in active partnership with Aichi.

A D3A prototype was ready in late 1937, and mass production of the D3A1 began in 1940. A Kinsey 43 engine producing 1000 horsepower was used, and the aircraft’s armament consisted of two synchronous 7.7 mm machine guns over the engine and one hand-operated machine gun with the radio operator at the rear of the cab. The wings had folding wingtips and duralumin sheeting, and the ailerons and flaps were covered with fabric.

During the first half of the Second World War, the D3A, along with the B5N Kate, were the main strike force of the Japanese fleet. At the time the D3A1 could be considered one of the best dive-bombers in the world. No other dive bomber had characteristics that were even close, until the arrival of the American Dauntless and Helldiver.

All in all, 470 D3A1s were produced.


See also

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Aichi Aircraft Company, Limited (愛知航空機株式会社)
Bombers  D3A1

Japan bombers
Carrier-based dive bomber 
D3A  D3A1
D4Y  D4Y1 · D4Y2 · D4Y3 Ko
Carrier-based attack bomber 
B5N  B5N2
B6N  B6N1 Model 11 · B6N2 Model 12 · B6N2a Model 12Ko
B7A  B7A2
Land-based Bomber 
P1Y  P1Y1 mod. 11
Land-based Attack bomber 
G4M  G4M1
G5N  G5N1
G8N  G8N1
Flying boat 
H6K  H6K4
H8K  H8K2 · H8K3
Shipboard Observation seaplane 
F1M  F1M2
Light  Ki-32
Medium  Ki-21-Ia · Ki-21-I hei
  Ki-49-I · Ki-49-IIa · Ki-49-IIb · Ki-49-IIb/L
  Ki-67-I Ko · Ki-67-I otsu
Other countries  ▅B-17E