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Not so well known Red jets in Korea

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#21 Armand


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Posted 24 March 2016 - 09:40 PM

I'm undecided. The La-15 and MiG-15 were almost identical, except that one had a mod-wing and one a shoulder-wing. Given the number of mis-identifications we know happen in aerial combat (for example in another topic we learned how USN aviators mistook Zeros for Me-109s) I can well believe that pilots thought they saw something that wasn't.

Regardless of what whoever might have written on the web:
USN pilots was probably not teached enough about Messerschmitt 109 to mistake any plane in the Pacific for a 109 and especially not the radial engined Zero.
After a very short time Pacific USN pilots didn't know about much more than the Zero and the confusion must have been around the introduction of the Kawasaki KI-61, wich in fact used german V-12 engines and could resembles a 109 in the hurry :-|

Edited by Armand, 25 March 2016 - 02:30 PM.

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 11:14 AM

The Japanese V-12 was a "copy" of the DB V-12, not a German engine. They forgot to drill one oil galley going from the engine to the nose case (return line), and they never DID run more than several or some tens of hours brefore the prop nosecase failed.


When I worked for Joe Yancey, we didn't work on an Atsuta, but we DID have one former WWII pilot come in and say he had fown one Post-WWII and was also a mecanic. When it failed, and he force-landed, he did what nobody else did, disassemble it and look. I have no real proof of same, just his 1st-person observation.


But it jives with the Japanese experience with the liquid-cooled V-12 perfectly. Their guys were all trained all radials.

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