Fighters of the Dying Sun

The Most Advanced Japanese Fighters of the Second World War

Justo Miranda

During the last months of the war, the wasted Japanese industry could not manufacture fighters that were sufficiently advanced to face the Superfortress. They destroyed 67 towns and half of Tokyo in a nine months' bombing campaign. The book describes 42 little known projects of Japanese unbuilt super fighters designed at the end of the war.
Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781558119
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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The first B-29 flew over Tokyo on 1 November 1944. It was a photographic reconnaissance aircraft ironically named 'Tokyo Rose.' The Ki.44 fighters of the 47th Sentai took off to intercept it but as it turned out the Superfortress flew at such an altitude and speed that they could not reach it. The Ki-44-II-Otsu had been specifically designed for this type of interception and could reach the astonishing rate of climb of 5,000 m in four minutes; however it was not good enough. During the following ten months, a devastating bombing campaign of thousands of Superfortresses destroyed 67 Japanese cities and half of Tokyo. The cultural shock and the political consequences were huge, when it was realized that the Japanese industry was not able to produce the specially heat and stress-resistant metallic alloys that were required to manufacture the turbo superchargers needed by the fighters in charge of defending the Japanese mainland. They lacked the essential chromium and molybdenum metals to harden the steel. This fact thwarted the manufacturing of numerous advanced projects of both conventional fighters and those derived from the transfer of German technology fitted with turbojets and rocket engines. They are thoroughly described in this book.

About The Author

Born with the B-52, this tech drawer and Spanish Air Force Museum advisor uses advanced drawing methods to rebuild historical aircraft, starting from original parts. Historian specialized in German Secret Weapons; he usually works in the twilight zone between rational engineering and Nazi esotericism, without letting himself being dragged by the dark side of the force. His research has helped to deconstruct several myths on the flying saucers and the Hitler A bomb. Justo has published six books and thirty monographs on aeronautical subjects. He lives in Madrid with his wife Paula, journalist at Reuters and co-author of his works.


The Japanese Aggressor (28 January 1932 to 15 August 1945)
Imperial Japanese Army Aircraft and Projects
Nakajima Ki.44 Shoki
Kawasaki Ki.45 Toryu
Mitsubishi Ki.46 Shin Shitei
Kawasaki Ki.60/Ki.61/Ki.100 Hien
Nakajima Ki.62, Ki.63, Ki.84, Ki.106, Ki.113, Ki.116 and Ki.117 Hayate
Kawasaki Ki.64, Ki.78 (Ken-3) and Ki.88
High-altitude interceptors Nakajima Ki.87 and Tachikawa Ki.94
Manshu Ki.65 and Ki.98
Rikugun Kogiken Heavy Fighter
Nakajima Ki.201 Karyu
Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft and Projects
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden
The IJN “20-shi-Ko” specification
Mitsubishi J4M Senden
Kyushu J7W1 Shinden
Nakajima Kikka
Yokosuka R2Y2 Keiun
Mizuno Shinryu II
Kakukyoku Rammer
Kayaba Katsuodori
Rocket Fighters
Night Fighters
Nakajima J1N1 Gekko
Kawasaki Ki.45 Toryu
Mitsubishi Ki.46 Shin Shitei (Dinah)
Nakajima Ki.84 Hayate
Yokosuka D4Y Suisei
Nakajima C6N Saiun
Yokosuka Ginga, Kawanishi Kyokko, Nakajima Byakko and Kugisho Tenga
Aichi S1A Denko
Kawasaki Ki.102
Mitsubishi Ki.109
Mitsubishi A6M2, A6M3, A6M5 and A6M5-S Zero Sen
Mitsubishi J2M3 and J2M4 Raiden
Schräge Musik
Radar Warfare
Operation Downfall



" excellent book to have for the reader interested in the Pacific War, but also for the aviation buff. "

- A Wargamers Needful Things

" interesting and enlightening book that presents design information and operational tactics not often discussed."

- Air Power History

"This is a neat book that shows a multitude of Japanese aircraft."

- AMPS Indianapolis

" interesting tiptoe through Japanese fighters and designs in WWII."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"The technical data included in addition to the histories of each plane is helpful to the reader in understanding what their capabilities were (or, would have been)."


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