The 100th title of Osprey's celebrated Aircraft of the Aces series covers a subject sure to be of interest to historians of World War II. The Ki-44 'Tojo' 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. In the air defense role 'Tojos' pioneered the deployment of a unique 40 mm cannon, the firing system which had no cartridges but instead had the propelling charge contained in the base of the projectile. The Ki-44 was to be used by the JAAF in larger numbers in China than anywhere else. This exciting title from author Nicholas Millman brings the Ki-44's role in the Pacific theatre to vivid life, accompanied by full color plates and archival photographs.
About the Author
Nicholas Millman is one of Britain's leading researchers of Japanese military aviation. In addition to publishing articles in specialist journals and supporting the research of other authors, he runs his own website dedicated to the subject which attracts visitors from 111 countries. He is a member of Pacific Air War History Associates, an international group of authors and researchers working in this field. Having spent much of his working life in the Far East he has an abiding interest in the history of military aviation in this part of the world, and first hand knowledge of the geography, languages and people.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Kingfisher Force
Chapter 2 China Debut
Chapter 3 The East Indies and Burma
Chapter 4 The Philippines
Chapter 5 The End in China
Chapter 6 Defence of the Homeland