Maj. Teruhiko Kobayashi started his career in the JAAF as a light bomber pilot over China. He rose to fame as a CO of the 244 Sentai defending the skies over Tokyo in 1944/45. Major Kobayashi is credited with five victories, three B-29’s and two F6F Hellcats. After the war, Kobayashi joined the Self-Defense air force and was killed in June 1957 in a training accident involving a T-33, crashing on approach in bad weather.


Nakajima Ki-84, known as the Army Type 4 Fighter  to the IJAAS and the Frank to the Americans.

One of the best designs the Japanese Imperial Army Air Service put into active combat, the Ki-84 matched excellence maneuverability with a climb/dive capability unusual for Japanese fighters. More than a match for any American fighter, the Ki-84 also had the capability to intercept high flying B-29′s.

It’s only weaknesses were the wrecked infrastructure of the Japanese nation, leading to inconsistent production quality, poor fuel quality, and pilots rushed through training to get them into combat faster. 


A Mitsubishi Ki-21 crashes into the sea, killing all aboard.

In the top picture rounds from an American aircraft can be seen hitting the water around the Ki-21.

The bottom picture shows the aircraft sinking after breaking in two.