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    I would like to know the principal Japanese AC types during the battles in Marianas, Okinawa, and over Japan. And if not to hard the approximative proportion of each of them.
    Thanks in advance.
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    In the late pacific war the IJN and IJA were an assortment of a limited newer models and older models. At the beginning of the Leyte Gulf action what remained of IJN and IJA pilots and planes were almost wiped out, bringing on the necessity of the Kami-Kaze phase. When Zuikaku went into her last battle she could not get a full compliment of planes or pilots
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    Originally posted by lowfighter:
    I would like to know the principal Japanese AC types during the battles in Marianas, Okinawa, and over Japan. And if not to hard the approximative proportion of each of them.
    Thanks in advance.
    well, the MArianes were a totaly Navy affair.
    so you can expevt 99,9% A6M and very few early J2M.

    the reast, well, here are the total production numbers of the japanese fighters:
    Ki-43-I ~700
    Ki-43-II ~5.000+
    Ki-44 ~1.200
    Ki-61 ~2.700
    Ki-84 ~3.200
    Ki-100 ~370

    Ki-84 and Ki-61 were not very reliable !

    A6M ~11.000
    J2M ~450
    N1K1-J ~530
    N1K2-J ~350

    also, the Raidens and Shidens had proplems with their reliability. the Navy had still to soldier on with its Zeros.

    the two main two-engined fighters were the
    Ki-45 ~1.700
    J1N ~470
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    The only Japanese fighter truly active in the Marianas was the IJNAF A6M5 Zero. A few Shidens were sent but they quickly became inoperable.
    Okinawa itself was more of an Army affair (IJAAF), more variety here with Ki-84's, Ki-61's and a smaller number of Ki-43's and Ki-44's. If you're talking about the later Battle of Okinawa in april 1945 as opposed to the 1944 carrier strikes, then the IJNAF played a much bigger role by sending aircraft down from Kyushu. N1K2-J's, J2M's, A6M5-7's. Also IJAAF from Kyushu Ki-84's, Ki-61's, Ki-100's, plus Ki-43's (late Ki-43-111's), and suicide planes. Most of the fighters couldn't actually reach all of Okinawa and fight, but they flew fighter sweeps and escorts to the Kamikazes as far as they could, usually reaching the islands in the Anami Shoto (probably spelt that wrong - but I'm doing this from memory) group, which was pretty close.
    Defence of Japan involved all types available, but especially Ki-45's, Ki-61's, Ki-84's and Ki-100's of the Army and A6M5-7's, J2M's, N1K2-J's and J1N's (nightfighters). Combat was erratic after May-June 1945 because aircraft were being held back for the expected invasion.
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    Many thanks comrades!
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    What I want to know is how can you have 1340 posts and not know the answer? (just kidding)
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    Well, most of the time I'm posting about where to place a tree or how to build a farmyard on the maps
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