The Yokosuka P1Y Ginga was a WWII medium bomber in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy between 1944 and 1945. As a land-based aircraft, it carried out bombing missions from airfields in Philippines, China, and the Japanese main islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Also used as a night fighter and ground-attack aircraft (in the P1Y1 version), it was a maneuverable and very reliable bomber, with a long-range capability. Armed with an 800-kg torpedo, it carried out attacks against Allied warships in the last stages of the war. However, this Japanese aircraft was introduced too late to be a real threat to the American island-hooping campaign of the Pacific theater.

Fitted with straight, mid-wings, the Yokosuka P1Y had an all-metal fuselage, a long glass canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by two Nakajima NK9C Homare 12, 9-cylinder engine, which put out 1,825 horsepower each during take-off. Its armament consisted of one 20mm, Type 99 gun, mounted in the nose of the aircraft, and one backward-firing, 13mm,  Type 2 machine gun. Its bombload capacity was 1,000 kg of bombs or one 800-kg torpedo.

Specifications

Type:medium bomber / night fighter

Wingspan: 20 m

Length: 15 m

Height: 4.3 m

Maximum speed: 547 km/h

Range: 5,370 km (3,337 miles)

Crew: 3

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