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 color 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.
About the authors
Aircraft and aerial warfare expert Donald Nijboer is the author of eleven books. He has written articles for Flight Journal and Aviation History and has been a speaker for Smithsonian Travels. He lives in Toronto, Canada
"...the text easy to follow, detailed and compelling. It is enhanced by first-hand quotes by aircrew. That text is supported with an impressive gallery of photographs and graphics, plus original artwork. The artwork is excellent and modelers should appreciate it. -KitMaker Network"
"Illustrations, cut-aways, photos, sidebars, a chart, and one map season Nijboer's study. And a selected bibliography and index conclude his informative effort. Recommended." -Cybermodeler Online
Other titles by Donald Nijboer
The Mighty Eighth
Masters of the Air over Europe 1942-45
Flak in World War II
Air Combat 1945
The Aircraft of World War II's Final Year
Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore
Meteor I vs V1 Flying Bomb
The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War II
No 126 Wing RCAF
P-38 Lightning vs Ki-61 Tony
New Guinea 1943-44
Seafire vs A6M Zero
An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors