N1K1-J Shiden fighters prepared for flight, circa late 1944, photo 1 of 2

Caption   N1K1-J Shiden fighters prepared for flight, circa late 1944, photo 1 of 2 ww2dbase
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Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
5 Mar 2009 11:37:45 AM

Aircraft could belong to any one of the following units: 201st, 341st, 343rd, and Genzan Kokutais. In operations the Shiden was an outstanding fighter, capable of meeting on equal terms the best Allied fighter aircraft. Warrant Officer Kinsuke Muto of the 343rd Kokutai who in February 1945, engaged single-handed (12) twelve US Navy Hellcats and shot down (4) four aircraft, and forcing the others to break off combat. A total of 1,435 Shidens and Shiden Kais were built. Code name (George) by the Allies. Operator: Imperial Japanese Navy.

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