Kawasaki Ki-48

The Kawasaki Ki-48Kyu-Kyu Sohkei“, called  “Lily” by the Allies, was a light bomber in service with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force from 1940 to 1945. Designed by Takeo Doi, Kawasaki produced approximately 2,000 Ki-48s , which were widely used in Burma, Malay, China, Manchuria, and the Pacific islands. Officially known as the Type 99, it replaced the Ki-32 as the Japanese Army main attack aircraft.  During combat operations, it flew in 10-aircraft formations, escorted by Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien fighters. Carrying an 800-kg bombload, sometimes, it would be used as a dive bomber to support spearhead ground troops.

The Kawasaki Ki-48 was a mid-wing monoplane powered by two Nakajima Ha-115, radial engines, which generated 1,130 horsepower each. It could fly at the maximum speed of 315 miles per hour (505 km/h), with a range of 1,500 miles (2,450 km). It had an all-metal fuselage and was armed with three machine guns. Compared to other Japanese aircraft, the Ki-48 was sturdy and a great survivor.


Type: light bomber

Wingspan: 57′ 3″ (17.45 m)

Length: 41′ 9″ (12.75 m)

Height: 12′ 5″ (3.8 m)

Crew: 4



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