List of Japanese Submarine Reconnaissance Missions

October 7, 2017 PE Matt 0

During the Pacific War,  Japanese submarines carried out dozens of reconnaissance missions by flying off small seaplanes. These aircraft were stored within water-tight compartments in the vessel’s hull, before being assembled on deck and catapulted […]

Japanese Shisaku Seizo Designations

February 24, 2016 PE Matt 0

From 1931, new experimental aircraft under consideration to fulfil the needs of the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service were given a shisaku seizo (trial manufacture) designation. This was combined with the current era year (i.e. […]

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 […]

Japanese Aircraft Naming Conventions

February 22, 2015 PE Matt 0

One of the difficulties in writing about Japanese aircraft of the World War 2 era is how you refer to the planes themselves. The Japanese had confusing naming schemes that they used in contemporary documents, […]