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Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga (Frances)
Technical Information

Background
The Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga was a high-speed medium bomber accepted by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in October 1944. Code named by the Allies "Frances". While the aircraft's performance was impressive, it was plauged by technical problems that delayed the introduction to frontline service. In June 1944, the P1Y2-S night fighter variant was operational but was a disappointment and these aircraf reverted back to the role of a bomber instead. Similarly futile was the P1Y1-S modification. The Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Ki-67 Peggy was based on the same concept.

Production
A total of 1,098 were produced.

Technical Details
Crew  Three
Engine  2 x Nakajima NK9C Homare 12, 18 cylinder air cooled radial engines 1825 hp
Span  39 ft 4 in
Length  49 ft 3 in
Height  14 ft 1 in
Maximum Speed  339 mph at 19,357'
Range  1,190 nautical miles
Armament  (nose) 1 x 20mm cannon (turret) 2 x 13mm machine guns
Bomb Load  1 x torpedo or 2,204 pounds of bombs



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