|Caption||D4Y2-S prototype aircraft, Yokosuka Navy Air Corps Oppama Base, Japan, summer 1944 ww2dbase|
|Photos at Same Place||Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Added By||C. Peter Chen|
|Added Date||15 May 2013|
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20 Mar 2013 07:26:34 PM
THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES:
Yokosuka D4Y-2S Suisei (Judy) Nightfighters operated over the Empire against American B-29s.
Conversions were carried out at the 11th Naval Aviation Arsenal, all bombing equipment was removed and one Type 99 20mm cannon was installed behind the pilot located in the rear cockpit.
This location was similar to the German Jazz Music
used in the Junkers Ju88 and other twin-engine night fighters. Some Judy aircraft also carried air-to-air rockets for night intercepts.
CAN'T HIT WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE:
The Japanese lacked an effective radar control network the was effective for night fighters operating over the islands, against the high flying B-29s.
The Judy had a low climb rate to catch the B-29s. Little has been printed about Japanese night fighter operations near the end of the Pacific War.