B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo' (Paperback)

Donald Nijboer

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By the time the Americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. What the Japanese did have though was the Ki-44 "Tojo". Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was the most heavily armed and feared single-seat fighter to see action against the new American bomber, the B-29 Superfortress. For the bomber crews, they had what they believed was their 'ace in hole': a fully armed B-29 carried four remotely operated gun turrets and a tail gunner's position, making it the world's most advanced self-defending bomber. In every respect the Ki-44 pilots were fighting a desperate battle. Many who made their mark did so using suicidal ramming attacks or "taiatari". Illustrated with full colour artwork, this volume examines why the Ki-44 was unable to break up bomber formations conventionally during the Pacific War, and how its ramming tactics, while terrifying, graphically revealed Japan's inability to stop the B-29.


Product Details

  • Product code: BKLWI
  • ISBN: 9781472818867
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 24.8cm x 18.4cm
  • Pages: 80
  • Publish date: Thu Oct 19 00:00:00 BST 2017
  • Book points: 10

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