Yokosuka D4Y Type 2 Suisei “Judy”

February 20, 2019 PE Matt 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 […]

Yokosuka E6Y

Yokosuka E6Y Type 91

February 26, 2016 PE Matt 0

The Japanese had observed with interest attempts in the west to create submarine-launched aircraft. The Japanese Navy had a particular interest in developing this capability in order to extend the reconnaissance capability of their submarines […]

Yokosuka E14Y Type 0 “Glen”

September 22, 2015 PE Matt 0

Requested as part of the same 12-Shi requirements, issued in 1937, that produced the A6M Zero, the G4M “Betty” and the E13A, the E14Y was a small seaplane designed to be carried aboard the Imperial […]

Yokosuka B4Y Type 96 “Jean”

April 19, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Yokosuka B4Y was a carrier torpedo bomber of the IJNAF. The 7-Shi (1932) requirement for a carrier attack bomber produced the Yokosuka B3Y, which was inadequate for the role. So, the 9-Shi (1934) requirements […]

Yokosuka B3Y Type 92

March 31, 2015 PE Matt 0

In 1932 the Japanese Navy issued its 7-Shi requirements for a new torpedo bomber, to replace the B2M Type 89. Initially both Nakajima, with their B3N, and Mitsubishi, with their B3M, responded. Both designs proved […]

Yokosuka E1Y Type 14

February 8, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Yokosuka E1Y was designed by a team from the Japanese Naval Arsenal in 1921, with the team being led by visiting members of Short Brothers, a UK aircraft manufacturer. Initial versions were very overweight […]