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B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 "Tojo"

Pacific Theater 1944-45

by (author) Donald Nijboer

illustrated by Jim Laurier & Gareth Hector

Initial publish date
Oct 2017
World War II
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
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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 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

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Editorial Reviews

"...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

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