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Nakajima B5N `Kate' and B6N `Jill' Units

Combat Aircraft 119

By (author) Mark Chambers, Tony Holmes
Illustrated by Jim Laurier
Cover design or artwork by Mark Postlethwaite
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Published: 18th Apr 2017
Dimensions: w 174mm h 247mm d 6mm
Weight: 305g
ISBN-10: 1472818741
ISBN-13: 9781472818744
Barcode No: 9781472818744
Entering service during the Sino-Japanese War, the Nakajima B5N (code-named `Kate') excelled and went on to achieve surprising and dramatic successes in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It also contributed to the sinking of the US aircraft carriers USS Lexington at the Battle of the Coral Sea, USS Yorktown at the Battle of Midway, and USS Hornet at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Its replacement, the Nakajima B6N `Jill', while a marked improvement over its illustrious predecessor, was never able to achieve its full potential in combat due to advances in Allied aircraft, finding itself relegated to the dreaded Kamikaze strikes in the latter part of the war. Using previously unpublished photographs as well as colour illustrations, this book will cover the history of the `Kate' and `Jill' torpedo/attack bombers, including their design and development, as well as the combat highs and lows of the Imperial Japanese Navy's premier torpedo-bombers.

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..".an excellent book for those interested in 'Kates', 'Jills', Japanese torpedo planes and carrier actions. It is an excellent companion for Osprey's book Aichi 99 Kanbaku "Val" Units 1937-42 as well as their books about Pearl Harbor, Midway, and other carrier battles." -- Frederick Boucher, Aeroscale - KitMaker Network

"Along with a selection of excellent photos, this new book has a very fine cover illustration by long-time Osprey artist Mark Postlewaite, as well as excellent side profiles by Jim Laurier." - Wings of Gold Magazine