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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

About the Author

Nicholas Millman is one of Britain's leading researchers of Japanese military aviation. In addition to publishing articles in specialist journals and supporting the research of other authors, he runs his own website dedicated to the subject which attracts visitors from 111 countries. He is a member of Pacific Air War History Associates, an international group of authors and researchers working in this field. Having spent much of his working life in the Far East he has an abiding interest in the history of military aviation in this part of the world, and first hand knowledge of the geography, languages and people.
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  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces (Book 100)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084406
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Jackson on October 27, 2011
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Nicholas Millman has written a great volume about the Ki-44's combat record in World War II. Navigating through an area of history replete with holes and misinformation, he has put together a concise narrative that both makes sense and is enjoyable to read. I was surprised to read that both the AVG and the CATF encountered the Ki-44 in combat long before it was recognized in the summer/fall of 1943. What I most like about the book is that Millman does solid research on both the Japanese and Allied sides, leaving the reader with a sense that the subject was treated fairly. He does not attempt to oversell the aircraft or its combat record. It is apparent, however, that the Japanese suffered for producing this formidable aircraft in such small numbers and for not having a more robust pilot training program throughout the war. Despite a rude shock to the Americans when the Ki-44 dominated the skies over China during the summer and fall of 1943, these deficiencies eventually spelled the downfall of the Japanese air forces.
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Nicholas Millman is a well respected historian with his own blog on the topic of WWII Japanese aviation. His new title on the Ki-44 is, in this person's estimation, the finest volume yet in the Osprey "Aces" series.

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.
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Osprey's 'Aircraft of the Aces' series hits the #100 milestone with this absolutely first-rate history of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force aces who flew Nakajima's Ki-44 'Shoki' interceptor. Prior to Nicholas Millman's KI-44 'TOJO' ACES OF WORLD WAR 2, little information on the stubby, fast-climbing Ki-44 has been available in English-language publications. Happily, 'Aircraft of the Aces #100' rectifies that situation in splendid fashion.

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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