Maybe I should have named the thread "Japanese Equipment in Europe"...?
Then we could consider 6-8 Japanese aircraft carriers and 6 Japanese battleships
along with several other Japanese ships. But then that would carry over into other
areas like guns, ammunition and armory. No, I don't think so. Those ideas are all
made to go into another thread.
This thread is relating to Japanese aircraft only. However, if Germany and possibly
Italy were to use said aircraft, they would have helped insure their reliability I believe.
OK then, with that being said imagine a Ki.84 being supplied with the quality of the
TAIC Frank I using 100 octane....The J2M would not have been shelved because
of its mediocre maneuverability (by IJAAF standards) and would could have nailed
the TAIC levels of performance at least 6 months earlier.
Ladies and Gentlemen this is a semi-what-if that could have easily happened if
Germany and Japan had had the kind of relationship the US and UK had developed
during the war. If it helps any, think of the Germans as having an equal to Winston
Churchill and Japan having there own F. D. Roosevelt. Now imagine what they
could have accomplished had they worked together better.
They give you a very dependable Ha.40 model 21 producing over 2,000 hp. powering a
Ki.84. Of course the supercharger has been modified slightly to give a higher full throttle
height. Yes, and then there is the testing of this aircraft with GM-1 boosting. The need
for such a fighter has pushed this timetable from March 1944 to December 1943. Just
in time to meet the Merlin Mustang III and Spitfire XIV threats.
As I said the excellent maneuverability ( by European standards) of the J2M3 along with
its incredible climbing ability have not gone un-noticed. The new German/Japanese
cooperation have enabled the introduction of this fighter and its entirely reliable Kasei 23
to be able to produce close to 2,000 hp. Its 4,950 fpm. early climb rate and its 420 mph.
top speed at 6,000 m. are proving invaluable.