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The Other Side – The Nakajima Ki.43 “Hayabusa”

Sometimes called the “Army Zero” by American pilots, and overshadowed by its Navy rival, the Mitsubishi A6M “Zero”, the “Hayabusa” was the most common (and deadly) adversary for the Allied pilots during the Malayan campaign. Pilots flying the Ki-43 shot … Continue reading

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The other side – The Nakajima Ki.27

The air war in Malaya began on December 8, 1941. And contrary to popular belief,  the few Commonwealth fighter squadrons were not opposed by the lethal Mitsubishi A6M “Zero’s” but initially by the nimble Nakajima Ki.27 fighter. This airplane was … Continue reading

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Disaster in Malaya – The sinking of Force “Z”

As tensions rose with Japan in the fall of 1941, Britain strained to enhance its defenses in the Far-East. The British strategy hinged on the entire main fleet arriving from England to assist in the defense of Singapore, but unfortunately, … Continue reading

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