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Flight of Ki-61s 1944-45

Japanese Forces

Flight of Ki-61s 1944-45

A flight of IJAAF Kawasaki Ki-61 "flying swallow" fighters of the 244th Sentai in the winter of 1944-45 over Japan. The Lead plane is of Captain Teruhiko Kobayashi who was commander of the unit. Captain Kobayashi was an ace with five air victories, the 244th Sentai was the the most famous Sentai in the Japanese air defense system by the end oof the war the unit claimed 73 Allied B-29 combat “kills.”