Talk:World War II Allied names for Japanese aircraft

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List[edit]

Is there an intention to create an alphabetic list of the codes? MilborneOne (talk) 23:11, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

I've been considering doing that, I might get to it in the next few days if I can find the time. - The Bushranger Return fireFlank speed 23:27, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
Understood I was just looking at starting one if nobody else had done it yet, I will leave it for the mo. MilborneOne (talk) 23:30, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
What source(s) are you going to use for the list? Cla68 (talk) 00:03, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
That's one of the things I'll have to figure out when I start work. :P Although I think the War Department Handbook on Japanese military forces might be available online... - The Bushranger Return fireFlank speed 00:07, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
OK. I don't have the Mikesh book and don't know how hard it is to find a copy. Cla68 (talk) 00:09, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Mysteries and those needing more verification[edit]

Just about to add The List to the page. Thought I'd toss out a few mysteries I came across though.

First, the following are given as in Mikesh's book, but don't have definitive types given in the listing I found from there ([1]):

  • DOT - Nakajima - Navy Type 1 Dive Bomber
  • JIM - Kawasaki - Army Type 1 Single Seat Fighter
  • JOAN - Navy Type 99 Four Engine Flying Boat
  • JOYCE - Nakajima - Army Type 1 Light Bomber
  • JUNE - Aichi - Navy Type 99 Single Engine Dive Bomber Seaplane
  • SANDY - Mitsubishi - Navy Type 96 Carrier Fighter

In addition, the "Dave's Warbirds" site, which I've avoided using as a primary/only reference due to worries about being beaten with the WP:SPS stick, has the following types in its listing that I couldn't round up otherwise with a quick look:

  • BEN - Nagoya-Sento KI-001 (Fictional)
  • DORIS - "misidentified Bennett BTC-1?" (!!)
  • GUS - Nakajima AT-27 (Fictional)
  • MILLIE as a distinct type ("Showa SHO-98")
  • RAY - "mid-identified A6M"
  • STEVE - Mitsubishi Ki-73
  • TILLIE - Yokosuka/Hiro H7Y
  • TOBY - "Kawasaki-Lockheed 14"

If anybody can verify these with a WP:RS to be added, that'd be great! - The Bushranger Return fireFlank speed 04:24, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Good source for images[edit]

The US Miltary's wartime handbook on the Japanese Army Air Forces is online here and includes a lot of PD images of aircraft with their Allied names written next to them. Nick-D (talk) 07:10, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Nifty! I found that on Google Books but that's a much more user-friendly presentation... - The Bushranger Return fireFlank speed 15:47, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Missing from the list[edit]

Irene (Junkers Ju.87 Stuka in Japanese service), and Janice (ditto the Ju.88). The Japanese did buy two Ju.87s, though they never went into service. You do have Bess (Heinkel He.111) on the list, though the Japanese never flew any He.111s, so the reason for the omission of Irene and Janice can't be that they were never in Japanese service.173.62.12.4 (talk) 17:40, 4 October 2012 (UTC)