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Camouflaged Ki-45 aircraft in flight, date unknown

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
13 Feb 2009 05:02:09 PM

Kawasaki Ki-45 (NICK) KAIc Army Type 2 two-seat Fighter Model C of the 53rd Sentai a total of 477 aircraft were built april-december 1944
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
29 Jul 2010 09:43:16 AM

The Ki-45 Ic Nick was armed with a pair of
obliquely mounted 20mm cannons, and a
37mm cannon. During its production life, both
engines and weapons changed.
The aircraft was very maneuverable for a twin
engine fighter. A rear gunner manned a heavy
machine gun
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
2 Oct 2010 10:32:43 AM

Japanese pilots flying Kawasaki Ki-45 (Nick)
twin-engine fighter's, would engage B-29's
over the home islands.

Some pilots would ram the Superforts after
running out of ammo. Later a Special Attack
Unit was formed using (Tai-Atrai), or body
crashing, the nick's would be stripped of
armor and weapons.
4. Dullahan says:
26 Jun 2011 12:53:02 PM

This one is of the 53 Sentai, a unit specifically formed to counter the B-29s. This dates the picture to some time in 1944 or 1945.
53 Sentai had an additional fourth squadron specialized in ramming attacks against the 29s but this aircraft is from one of the conventional squadrons since its lacking the markings and the enclosed rear canopy of the special attack unit.
Pilots of the conventional squadrons, however, also wouldn't hesitate to go on ramming attacks when necessary.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Dec 2011 03:32:59 PM

Above photograph of a Ki-45-KAI(Modified)of the 3rd Chutai, 53rd Sentai flying from its
JAAF base at Matsudo, the Nick has the diagonal command strip across its fuselage
unit established March 1944 in Japan, and operated Ki-45 Nicks w/B-29 interception duties.

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