B-29 HUNTERS OF THE JAAF PDF

Review of book by Koji Takaki and Henry Sakaida on history of Japanese Army Air Force planes that fought against B bombers. – Buy B Hunters of the JAAF (Aviation Elite Units) book online at best prices in India on Read B Hunters of the JAAF (Aviation Elite . B!’ No other term struck such terror in the hearts of the Japanese public during World War 2 than this single, most-hated name. It was then.

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The book’s purpose seems to be the presentation of interesting aspects of many individual combat missions, so readers expecting a general history will be disappointed. Marc rated it really liked it Feb 19, It was then only natural that the pilots who attempted to shoot these high-flying Boeing bombers out of the skies over Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kobe should become known This fine publication goes hungers sickening detail of the treatment the Japanese tge our captured B crewmembers.

The thorough research of Takaki and Sakaida on a narrow topic resulted in this fascinating book with much information and many photos not found og other English-language publications. As the bombing altitudes got lower the number of Bs in the attacks increased to where every day hundreds of them were destroying Japanese cities.

The battle between the Bs and the Japanese fighters was on. Tokubetsu Kougekitai Special Attack Corps. The thr divides the B bombings into three phases. Only search Kamikaze Images. Instead, the Army formed “special attack” units with the purpose to make suicidal ramming attacks against the Bs.

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Most English-language books and film documentaries consider kamikazes to include Japanese pilots who conducted suicidal ramming attacks on American aircraft. Jonathan marked it as to-read May 20, This book tells the individual stories of both JAAF pilots who made daring attacks on Bs, sometimes by ramming them in suicidal attacks, and B pilots and crewmen who fought them off. Although ill-equipped to defend the home islands, the Japanese Army Air Force threw itself ito the task wholeheartedly.

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Most English-language books and film documentaries consider kamikazes to include Japanese pilots who conducted suicidal ramming attacks on American aircraft. It is full of photos of B crashes, listing the names of American and Japanese crews.

It was then only natural that the pilots who attempted to shoot these high-flying Boeing bombers out of the skies over Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kobe should become known as the elite of the Japanese Army Air Force.

This proved very effective. As a final resort, units formed specialist ramming flights, and these proved highly successful up until the arrival of the USAAF escort fighters in April The book does not give an estimated number of Bs lost due to ramming attacks, but many of the went down due to conventional aerial attacks, antiaircraft fire, and mechanical problems.

B Hunters of the JAAF

Halloran survived the war but was ill-treated during captivity. Flying jaac high altitudes, and devastating targets with both high explosives and incendiaries, the Superfortresses conducted very long range missions from recently captured island bases in the western Pacific.

Even after hitting a B, a pilot sometimes had a chance to parachute from his plane or even to land his damaged plane.

The authors provide both sides’ claims of aircraft downed, but many times the combatants considerably overestimated or exaggerated the claims. In one technique the fighter would climb above the bomber formation and drop breakaway canister aerial burst phosphorous bombs. This mission was completed with 17 enemy fighters shot down, 13 probables, and 12 damaged.

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Instead, only those pilots in designated special attack units are officially recognized. English-language histories about Japan’s kamikaze operations use the term “kamikaze” for the JAAF pilots who made ramming attacks on Bs [ 1 ], even though the Japanese military did not use this term to refer to huntefs pilots.

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The book focuses on ramming attacks, so the reader does not get an understanding of their relative importance when compared to conventional aerial attacks or to antiaircraft fire. This continued throughout the conflict. It was then only natural that the pilots who attempted to shoot these high-flying Boeing bombers out of the nunters over Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kobe should become known as the elite of the Japanese Army Air Force.

Halloran survived the war but was ill-treated during captivity. Tom Tullis has illustrated a number of books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series, and was the first artist to produce material for Osprey Aviation electronically.

Natalie Fife marked it as to-read Nov 28, First, Bs performed high-altitude precision bombing through Januarybut this turned out to huntesr be very effective when compared to the number of planes destroyed and damaged.

Account Options Sign in. Detailing some of the most remarkable aerial engagements of the war this volume reveals the huge sacrifice made by the JAAF in the final year of the war as it fought in vain to defend Japan. This book tells hunnters individual stories of both JAAF pilots who made daring attacks on Bs, sometimes by ramming them in suicidal attacks, and B pilots and crewmen who fought them off.