Operation 100: The Bombing of Chungking

May 23, 2015 PE Matt 0

The tri-city of Wuhan fell to the Japanese invaders in October 1938. The invaders, believing that the Chinese would capitulate with the fall of their temporary capital, were surprised to see Chiang Kai-Shek and the rest of […]

Curtiss Hawk 75

Curtiss Hawk 75

May 21, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Curtiss Hawk 75 was a private design of the company, produced in response to a requirement for a modern fighter to replace the Boeing P-26. It was ordered into production in limited numbers as […]

Dewoitine D.510

Dewoitine D.510

May 21, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Dewoitine D.510 fighter was an improvement on the original D.500, which was introduced to replace biplane designs then in service with the French Armée de l’Air. The D.500/510 was similar to aircraft like the […]

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Mitsubishi Ki-21 Type 97 “Sally”

May 19, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Mitsubishi Ki-21 was a heavy bomber of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Pacific War. It was originally designed to meet a 1936 requirement of the IJA for a replacement for the Ki-1 and […]

The Invasion of Canton

May 15, 2015 PE Matt 0

Although the Japanese had successfully eliminated most Chinese air opposition in Southern China during the autumn of 1937, shipments of new aircraft from foreign partners continued to arrive in the area. American, British, German and […]

Lt Kunihiro Iwaka’s E8N Type 95 floatplane

May 13, 2015 PE Matt 0

On February 24th, 1938, floatplanes from the seaplane tenders Notoro and Kinugasa Maru attacked Nanhsiung, in Kwangtung (Guangdong) Province, China. One the the E8Ns, piloted by Lt Kunihiro Iwaka, was severally damaged by Chinese Gloster […]

IJAAF Unit Structure

May 8, 2015 PE Matt 0

The basic unit of the IJAAF unit structure was the chutai, which translates as “squadron” and is roughly similar to the German staffel. Chutai consisted of perhaps 9 aircraft, and could be specified as dokuritu […]

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Ki-27s and Ki-10s In Action

May 8, 2015 PE Matt 0

Ki-27s and Ki-10s (posing as Chinese aircraft) appear in dogfighting scenes from the September 1940 film Moyura Ōzora, or in English “The Burning Sky”. This film shows some of the excellent formation flying and combat manoeuvring […]

Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator

May 8, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Gloster Gladiator was privately developed by the company to meet an RAF specification for a 250mph fighter. It was derived from the Gloster Gauntlet biplane which preceded the Gladiator as the RAF’s frontline fighter. […]

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