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Ki-44 'Tojo' Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – October 18, 2011
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“Overall, it is a superb read and an excellent reference. You really cannot go wrong with this or any other book in the series.” ―Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness
“...I can't think of a better subject to mark the 100th title of Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series, and definitely look forward to the next offering by Mr. Millman and Mr. Olsthoorn. Absolutely recommended!” ―Frederick Boucher, AeroScale
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The book is a wonderful combination of history, background information, period photography, and also incredibly well done art profiles, which allow the reader to understand both the aircraft, and the men who flew the Ki-44, in an objective light.
The story of the struggle against B-29 raids is both compelling, and fascinating. The author touches on the topics of night fighting techniques, as well as the use of air dropped bombs against the Superfortress formations. Also of note is the information on the limited use of the Ki-44 in Burma, by units primarily equipped with the Ki-43 Hayabusa.
I can heartily recommend this volume to anyone with even a passing interest in WWII Japanese aviation.
Developed in 1939, the Shoki's design flew in the face of the IJAAF dogfighter tradition. A tough, speedy, hard-climbing, heavily-armed 'heavy fighter,' the Ki-44 was built in limited numbers but saw combat over every South-east Asia front except New Guinea and was a major player in Home Defense ops against B-29s. Eighteen pilots scored all or some of their kills flying the stubby Nakajima fighter.
A member of the Pacific Air War History Associates, Millman does an excellent job of summarizing the Ki-44's development and war record over China, Burma, the East Indies, the Philippines and the Home Islands. Thanks to in-depth research, he is able to match up Japanese claims versus actual Allied losses.
The text is complimented by over 80 b&w photographs and Ronnie Olsthoorn's color profiles and cover artwork. Olsthoorn's work is superlative; I hope Osprey makes more use of his talents.
Pacific air war enthusiasts will enjoy KI-44 'TOJO' ACES OF WORLD WAR 2. The blend of authoritative text, imagery and artwork makes for a great addition to the Osprey 'Aces' series. Make no mistake about it; this is one impressive book! Highly recommended.
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What a pity to see that personal grudges and pure jealousy can unjustifiably spill into an online review. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Luftwaffe78
This is a mediocre book by any measurement. The print is so small you need a very good reading lamp if reading in the evening. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Big Daddy