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JAPANESE ARMY AIR FORCE ACES 1937-45 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 13)
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JAPANESE ARMY AIR FORCE ACES 1937-45 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 13)

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Henry Sakaida

Little has been published in English on the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF), let alone its most successful fighter pilots--no less than 150 of them achieved ace status during eight years of near constant war, and they are all listed in this volume. From the arid plains of the Mongolian border region to the lush jungles of New Guinea, the JAAF was more than a match for the many opponents it fought against for control of the skies. Indeed, even when the mighty Allied war machine proved almost overwhelming from early 1944 onwards, the elite fighter pilots of the various sentais within the JAAF fought on with near fanatical loyalty in defense of the Home Islands. Pilots of the calibre of Hiromichi Shinohara, Yasuhiko Kuroe and Satoshi Anabuki (all of whom scored over 50 kills apiece) are little known outside Japan, but this volume details their exploits in full. 96 pages.