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Japanese Air War, WW2 - Imperial Japanese Aerial Warfighting
Japanese Air War, WW2
Imperial Japanese Aerial Warfighting
© 2009
104 pages; 11 chapters
Japanese Air War, WW2 is an exciting introduction to the various aspects of
Imperial Japanese Aerial Warfighting in the Pacific area. Japanese Air
War, WW2
is an e-book that brings into focus a number of interesting aspects
Japanese Aerial Warfare in World War II from the standpoint of the men
involved in air combat for their Emperor. The types of aircraft utilized, their
achievements, the pilots and their tactics, as well as the difference in approach
of various
Japanese Air Force subdivisions are all covered in the e-book
Japanese Air War, WW2.
Review Table of Contents
“Japanese fighter tactics against both Allied fighters and bombers necessarily varied both with the number and type of
aircraft encountered, and with the conditions under which attacks were executed. The normal Japanese air tactical unit
was a squadron of nine planes subdivided into three flights, moving in either Vee or echelon formation. Another frequently
employed formation consisted of a Vee of three fighter aircraft, flanked by echelons of two fighters. The latter formation
was customarily used for ground attack, the echelon pairs tangled with enemy fighter opposition while the Vee went in to
attack. The Japanese fighter formations usually flew at altitudes of 15,000 to 20,000 feet, but were said to operate
efficiently at 27,000 feet or higher.
Japanese fighter pilots generally avoided head-on attacks against Allied fighters, probably because most of their planes
were unarmored. "Head-to-tail" attacks were favored, except when engaging bombers with rear guns. Contrary to an
earlier belief, the Japanese appear to preferred single to concerted attacks. They began to frequently  following allied
fighters into power dives, which heretofore they were reported reluctant to do. Apparently the structural strength of the
new Hap, in particular, made that method of escape for Allied aircraft less effective.”
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