Ki-44 ‘Tojo’ Aces of World War 2

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Ki-44 ‘Tojo’ Aces of World War 2

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The Ki-44 'Tojo' epitomises JAAF air power in defence of the homeland, but was also used extensively in the skies over China. The introduction of the Ki-44 was noted with concern because of its departure from the performance and tactics previously associated with the JAAF. It was a fast-climbing, heavily armed point-defence interceptor that was used successfully in slashing hit-and-run tactics that caught Allied pilots by surprise. Amongst the numerous aces that flew Ki-44's were Major Akira Watanabe of the 33rd Sentai, Captain Yukiyoshi Wakamatsu, the 'Red Nose Ace' of the 85th Sentai and Warrant Officer Rikio Shibata also of the 85th Sentai, a leading ace with claims for 27 aircraft. This book tells the complete story of all of Japan's 'Tojo' aces.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Kingfisher Force

Chapter 2 China Debut

Chapter 3 The East Indies and Burma

Chapter 4 The Philippines

Chapter 5 The End in China

Chapter 6 Defence of the Homeland

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Published 20 Oct 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781849084406
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 33 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 100
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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