Japanese Yokosuka P1Y ''Ginga'' Medium Bomber

by Crusader1307

The ''Ginga'' Yokosuka P1Y Bomber (Code Named “ ''Frances'' by The Allies) – was a late War Imperial Japanese Medium Bomber of World War II. Over 1,000 Models were produced and deployed. From 1943 to 1945, The ''Ginga'' was a dominant Bomber in China and The Philippines by The Imperial Japanese Navy. Towards the end of The War in The Pacific, ''Ginga'' Bombers were used as ''Kamakaze'' (Suicide) Aircraft. A ''Night Fighter'' Version was also produced, but these suffered from their inability to perform at high altitudes (needed to engage American Bombers).


Crewed by (3), The P1Y was 50-feet long with a wingspan of 65-feet. Power was provided by Twin Nakajima Homare 18-Cylinder Engines, capable of producing 1,825-HP each. Airspeed was rated at 230-mph. Operational Altitude was 31,000-feet. Operational combat range was rated at 3,300-miles. Armament included (1) 20mm Nose Cannon, (1) Rear Mounted 13mm Machine Gun and the ability to deploy either 2,200-lbs. of Bombs or (1) 1,700-lb. Torpedo.