Air Enthusiast 1972-07
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??? - Nakajima Demonology ... the story of the Shoki /Warbirds/
Ki.44 (c/n 4408) flown by Capt Yasuhiko Kuroe, leader of the 3rd Hotai, 47th Independent Chutai, Malaya, January 1942.
Ki.44-I-Hei of the Instructors' Chutai, Akeno Air Training Division, 1944.
Ki.44-II-Otsu flown by Maj Togo Saito, Cmdr of the 85th Sentai, Canton, summer 1944.
Ki.44-II-Otsu of the 23rd Sentai, Japan, 1944.
Ki.44-II-Otsu of the Shinten (Sky Shadow) air superiority unit of the 47th Sentai, Narimasu Aurfield, Tokyo, summer 1944.
Ki.44-II-Otsu flown by Capt Hideaki Inayama of the 2nd Chutai, 87th Sentai, Japan (Eastern Defence Sector), early 1945.
Истребитель Ки.44-I-Хей из 85-го авиаполка на аэродроме в Нанкине, июль 1943 г.
A Ki.44-II-Ko flown by the 2nd Chutai leader of the 85th Sentai at Nanking, China, late 1942. The Sentai tail marking and rear fuselage band (denoting Cutai leader) were red (the Chutai colour), and the difference between this Sentai marking and that adopted later is noteworthy.
Истребитель Ki.44
Ki-44-II-Ko Shoki fighters of the 47th Sentai on home defence duties at Narimasu Airfield, near Tokyo, in 1944. The home defence role was indicated by the white ground to the national Hinomaru, both on the fuselage sides and wings.
Pilots of a Shoki-equipped Sentai grouped formally in front of a Ki.44-II-Hei fitted with 40-mm Ha-301 wing cannon.
A Ki.44-II-Hei Shoki mounting 20-mm Ho-5 wing cannon. Note ring-and-bead sight and white homeland defence panels surrounding the Hinomaru on fuselage and wings.