• History

    Darwin, Summer 1942

    As war waged across the Pacific, one relative backwater saw renewed battle as a veteran Japanese air group duelled with a rookie American unit in the skies of northern Australia. Following the devastating raid on [...]
  • Hilfskreuzer Michel

    The German Raiders Thor and Michel

    After the loss of the Kormoran on November 19th, 1941, there were no German auxiliary cruisers still afloat anywhere in the Pacific or Indian oceans. Keen to put pressure on the Royal Navy and force it to defend [...]
  • Central Pacific

    The Battle of Midway: Mikuma’s Nightmare

    When word of the American attack in the Kido Butai, and the subsequent destruction of the Kaga, Akagi and Soryu, made its way back to Admiral Yamamoto aboard his flagship Yamato, he was stunned. Information [...]
  • Central Pacific

    The Battle of Midway: Death of the Hiryū

    Just before noon, and before the Japanese began their attacks on her, the Yorktown had launched a search mission consisting of 10 SBD Dauntlesses. After almost three hours one of these aircraft came across the [...]
  • Yorktown under torpedo bomber attack
    Central Pacific

    The Battle of Midway: Yorktown Succumbs

    The vicious dive-bombing attack by the American SBDs on three of Kido Butai’s carriers had left the Japanese reeling, but not completely out of the fight. One carrier, Hiryū, remained intact having manoeuvred away from [...]
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Yokosuka D4Y Type 2 Suisei “Judy”

by PE Matt in Aircraft 0

In 1938 Japan acquired one of the prototype Heinkel He 118 dive bombers that the Luftwaffe had rejected in favour of the Junkers Ju 87. Although this aircraft crashed during trials, its overall performance had [...]

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