Ki-44 'Tojo' Aces of World War 2 Paperback
Illustrated by Ronnie Olsthoorn
Part of the Aircraft of the Aces series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, 33 b/w
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 05/10/2011
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9781849084406
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Review by Shrike58
While a fairly typical entry in this series, what I particularly like about this number is how Millman casts a good bit of light on the combat history of this relatively enigmatic type. This is besides doing a fine job of converting the men who flew this plane into being real characters, as opposed to merely being cyphers.