Japanese Army Fighter Aces: 1931-45

Overview

  • In-depth review of Imperial Japanese Army Air Force fighter units and pilots
  • Detailed study of equipment (e.g., the Zero fighter), operations from Pearl Harbor to kamikaze attacks, and pilots who achieved ace status
  • Heavily illustrated with photos of pilots, aircraft, and unit insignia
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Overview

  • In-depth review of Imperial Japanese Army Air Force fighter units and pilots
  • Detailed study of equipment (e.g., the Zero fighter), operations from Pearl Harbor to kamikaze attacks, and pilots who achieved ace status
  • Heavily illustrated with photos of pilots, aircraft, and unit insignia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811710763
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 4/5/2012
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 939,933
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ikuhiko Hata is a former fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center and is professor of history at Nihon University. He lives in Japan.

Yasuho Izawa lives in Japan.

Christopher Shores has been wrting about World War II aviation for fifty years. He lives in Engalnd.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Glossary of Japanese Terminology x

Section 1 Background to the JAAF Fighter Force 1

The First Fighters of the Japanese Army Air Force 1

The "China Incident" Begins 4

Fighting Spreads to Central China 8

Failure to End the China Incident 9

Manchuria and Nomonhan 12

In the Footsteps of War: The Hayabusa Fighter Units 23

The Pacific War Commences 28

The Air Battles over New Guinea 37

Burma 49

The China Theatre of Operations 61

The Battle for the Philippines 72

Battles over the Homeland 86

Section 2 The Units 102

Section 3 The Aces - Biographical Notes 188

Numerical Listing of the Aces (8 or more Victories) 275

Birthplaces of The Aces of the JAAF by Prefecture 281

Major Air Combats involving Fighter Units of the JAAF 283

Casualty List of JAAF Fighter Pilots 288

Map Section 318

Airfield Names of JAFU 329

Photo Credits for Aces Section 333

Index 335

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