Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga (Frances)
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.
A total of 1,098 were produced.
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