Yokosuka D4Y 'Judy' Units (Combat Aircraft #140) (Paperback)

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Yokosuka D4Y 'Judy' Units (Combat Aircraft #140) (Paperback)

By Mark Chambers, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Mark Postlethwaite (Illustrator)

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This is book number 140 in the Combat Aircraft series.

A fully illustrated guide to one of the finest dive-bombers produced during World War 2, the Yokosuka D4Y "Judy."

In 1938, the Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, acting under the requirements issued by the Kaigun Koku Hombu for a Navy Experimental 13-Shi Carrier Borne specification for a dive-bomber to replace the venerable 'Val' aboard carriers. The resulting D4Y Suisei ("Comet"), codenamed "Judy" by the Allies, was initially powered by a licence-built German Daimler-Benz DB 601 inline engine as used in the Bf 109E. Despite making an inauspicious combat debut during the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the 'Judy' eventually proved to be an important asset for the IJNAF during battles in the latter years of the Pacific War. Its great successes resulted in the sinking of the escort carrier USS Princeton in an early kamikaze attack of the Philippines and the near sinking of the fleet carrier USS Franklin in a dive-bombing attack off Japan.

While the Judy had an impressive top-speed, like its predecessor, and many other Japanese military aircraft, it possessed design shortcomings including inadequate armor protection for its aircrew and no self-sealing fuel tanks. As a result, when pitted against new, advanced US Navy fighters suffered horrendous losses.

During the final months of World War 2 it became apparent that there would be no Japanese victory. Acting out of desperation, the IJNAF employed the 'Judy' in the dreaded kamikaze role, in which it excelled due to its high-speed characteristics. Most notably, the D4Y mounted one of the last combat actions of World War 2 when a flight of 11 Judies, personally led by the instigator of the suicide attacks, Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki, took off on a 'search mission' on August 15, 1945. This volume chronicles the action-packed wartime exploits of Japan's finest dive-bomber of World War 2.

Mark Chambers is an avid World War 2 aviation enthusiast and aviation history author. He has studied World War 2 military aviation, with a keen interest in the air war in the Pacific, extensively. He is the author of Arcadia Publishing's Images of Aviation: Flight Research at NASA Langley Research Center (2007) and Images of Aviation: Naval Air Station Patuxent River (2014). In addition, he is the author of The Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society's Engineering Test Pilot: The Exceptional Career of John P. 'Jack' Reeder (2007) and NASA Langley's From Research to Relevance: Significant Achievements in Aeronautical Research at NASA Langley, 1917 – 2002 (2002). He also co-authored with his father, Joseph R Chambers, a detailed book covering the history of radical aircraft designs and wind tunnels tested at the NASA Langley Research Center entitled Radical Wings and Wind Tunnels (Specialty Press Publication) (2008). He works as a government contractor technical editor for the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

Mark Postlethwaite was born in Leicestershire in 1964 and has developed a lifelong passion for aviation history. He first worked as a photographer before turning his attention solely to artwork, and is now highly regarded in his field for the quality and accuracy of his work. He became the youngest elected member of the Guild of Aviation Artists in 1991. Mark is a valued Osprey artist and has contributed to more than 100 of its books.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472845047
ISBN-10: 1472845048
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Combat Aircraft