WWII B&W Photo Japanese MXY7 Ohka Suicide Bomber World War Two WW2 Japan / 6111 For Sale

WWII B&W Photo Japanese MXY7 Ohka Suicide Bomber World War Two WW2 Japan / 6111
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Japanese MHY7 Ohka Suicide Plane

Kadena, Okinawa

This is a nice reproduction of an original WW2 photograph showing a captured Japanese "Ohka" rocket powered suicide plane captured by US forces at Kadena airfield on Okinawa. Note the gigantic warhead. Nice photo with great detail!

Size is about 4" x 6".

Visit My store: World War 2 Photos and MXY-7 Navy Suicide Attacker Ohka was a manned flying bomb that wasusually carried underneath a Mitsubishi G4M2e "Betty" Model 24J bomberto within range of its target. On release, the pilot would first glide towardsthe target and when close enough he would fire the Ohka's three solid-fuel rockets, one at a time or in unison,[4]and fly the missile towards the ship that he intended to destroy.

The design was conceived by Ensign Mitsuo Ohta of the 405th Kōkūtai,[5]aided by students of the Aeronautical Research Institute at the University ofTokyo. Ohta submitted his plans to the Yokosuka research facility. The ImperialJapanese Navy decided the idea had merit and Yokosuka engineers of the YokosukaNaval Air Technical Arsenal (Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, or in short Kugisho[6]) created formalblueprints for what was to be the MXY7. The only variant which saw service wasthe Model 11, and it was powered by three Type 4 Mark 1 Model 20 rockets. 155Ohka Model 11s were built at Yokosuka, and another 600 were built at the KasumigauraNaval Air Arsenal.[4]

The final approach was almost unstoppable because theaircraft gained high speed (650km/h (400mph) in level flight and930km/h (580mph) or even 1,000km/h (620mph) in a dive).Later versions were designed to be launched from coastal air bases and caves,and even from submarines equipped with aircraft catapults, although none wereactually used in this way. It appears that the operational record of Ohkasincludes three ships sunk or damaged beyond repair and three other ships withsignificant damage. Seven US ships were damaged or sunk by Ohkasthroughout the war. The USS Mannert L. Abele was the first Allied shipto be sunk by Ohka aircraft, near Okinawa on 12 April 1945.[7][8]

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