Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga (Frances)
The first truly high-speed medium bomber to serve
the Japanese Navy, accepted by the Navy in October 1944. The Japanese
Army Air Force's Ki-67 Peggy was based on the same concept. While the
aircraft's performance was impressive, it was plauged by technical
problems that delayed service introduction. The P1Y2-S night fighter
variant flew in June 1944, but it was a disappointment and those
aircraft (which had retained their bomb bays) reverted back to
the bomber role. Similarly futile was the P1Y1-S modification.
A total of 1,098 were constructed.
Engine 2 x 1825 hp Nakajima
NK9C Homare 12, 18 Cyl air cooled radial engines
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
Bombload 1 x torpedo or 2,204 lbs bomb load