Japanese Fighters in Defense of the Homeland, 1941-1944

Volume 1

Leszek Wieliczko

Date Published :
September 2014
Publisher :
Series :
Air Battles
Illustration :
73 archive photos, 12 color profiles
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788364596063
Pages : 80
Dimensions : 11 X 8 inches
Stock Status : In stock


When the Empire of Japan started the war against Western powers in 1941, it had only a small number of air force units deployed on the Japanese home islands in order to defend them. The Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942 came as such a shock for the Japanese High Command that it caused structural changes within the Japanese air defense system and speeded up the introduction of new types of fighters. Much bigger threat for Japan emerged in the mid of June 1944 when the first air raid of B-29 bombers reached the Japanese home islands. Since that moment protecting Japanese cities from the devastating blows carried out by the U.S. bombers became the General Defense Command (Boei Soshirebu) main task.

Volume I describes the forming process of the Japanese air defense system since the creation of the General Defense Command in July 1941, throughout the structural changes within the following years, preparations to counter the U.S. bomb raids until the air battles fought between June and December 1944 in the defense of Japan. This part of the book also includes descriptions of all major types of Japanese fighters which were deployed in air defense units.


"Rounded off with maps, data tables and 6 pages (plus the back cover) of excellent color profiles for the various aircraft types. It is an interesting account, with a lot of detailed information and while many of us are familiar with with the US bombing campaign in Europe, I suspect I may not be the only one who finds themselves not knowing a lot about the B-29 operations against Japan, so this can be quite enlightening."

- Military Modelling

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