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by Martin Ferkl
REVI Publications 2002
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|Mitsubishi Ki-46 Dinah
Published in Czech Republic, this is an outstanding english language book about one of the beautiful and highly effective reconnaissance plane, the Mitsubishi Ki-46 Dinah.
Lavishly illustrated with photos, diagrams and maps. Most of the photos presented are not the 'usual' photos readers are used to seeing of Bettys
The book's historical treatment of Dinah's combat service through the war alone makes the book worthwhile. Details I have never read in english are presented here, including crew names and mission details, for instance:
"The only Ki-46 unit operating over the Solomon Islands was the 76th Dokoritsu Chutai. It had been previously based in the Philippines but on September 9, 1942, was order to move to Rabaul. Its Ki-46 were originally scheduled to fly to their new station together with G4M bombers, but due to different speeds of both types and concerns about insufficient technical support during the movement, the JAAF decided to ship the aircraft instead. The unit arrived in Rabaul in mid-October and was immediately committed to the battle to regain Guadalcanal. Their mission were to asses the chances for capture of Henderson Field by the 17th Army. A handful of Ki-46 were also used by the IJNAF."
Also, see Mitsubishi G4M Betty by the same author and publisher.
Review by Justin Taylan
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