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World War 2 Japanese Fighters (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/22/2016

Early in the war, Japan held an advantage in the air - though this supremacy was soon questioned with the arrival of improved Allied designs and tactics.





There are a total of (37) World War 2 Japanese Fighter Aircraft (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Aircraft evaluated or captured and trialed by the Empire are also included in this listing.




1941
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)
While the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter/fighter-bomber became the iconic German fighter of World War ... [Read More]
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1937
Hawker Hurricane
The Hawker Hurricane was the culmination of a series of capable metal biplane fighters evolved by th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hawker Hurricane

1943
Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)
Early in World War 2 (1939-1945), Japanese authorities understood that their conquest of the Pacific... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)

1943
Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden (George)
Despite some early setbacks in design, the Kawanishi N1K1-J "Shiden" (or "violet lightning" - codena... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden (George)

1945
Kawasaki Ki-100
Despite being produced in severely limited numbers (thanks in large part to the Allied bombing campa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-100

1944
Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)
The two-seat, twin-engine Ki-102 was classified as a close-support/heavy fighter aircraft and develo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-102 (Randy)

1945
Kawasaki Ki-108
The Ki-102 heavy fighter was introduced late in the Pacific War by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Se... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-108

1944
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)
Despite serving in limited numbers, fielded with no search-finding radar and appearing as the only I... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Toryu (Nick)

1942
Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)
By 1937, interest in a twin-engine fighter had peaked for the Imperial Japanese Army so much so that... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick)

1941
Kawasaki Ki-60
The Kawasaki Ki-60 was an ultimately abandoned interceptor/fighter design that was attempted as earl... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-60

1943
Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)
The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (meaning "Swallow" and codenamed "Tony" by the Allies) was another of the of... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Tony)

1943
Kawasaki Ki-64 (Rob)
During the height of World War 2 (1939-1945), all major participants undertook various programs to f... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-64 (Rob)

1943
Kawasaki Ki-88
Concerned about the slow progress in getting the complex Kawasaki Ki-64 Heavy Fighter into the air (... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-88

1943
Kawasaki Ki-96
After witnessing the successes encountered by the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine, two-seat ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-96

1945
Kyushu J7W Shinden (Magnificent Lightning)
The unorthodox Kyushu J7W Shinden ("Magnificent Lightning") was a "wonder-weapon" of the Empire of J... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kyushu J7W Shinden (Magnificent Lightning)

1943
Messerschmitt Me 210
The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where desi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Messerschmitt Me 210

1937
Mitsubishi A5M (Claude)
The Mitsubishi A5M (code-named "Claude" by the Allies) became the world's first shipborne monoplane ... [Read More]
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1940
Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen (Zero)
The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World... [Read More]
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1945
Mitsubishi A7M Reppu (Sam)
Japanese engineers developed many fine fighter designs during the height of World War 2 including th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi A7M Reppu (Sam)

1944
Mitsubishi Ki-109
The Mitsubishi Ki-109 was a specialized derivative of the Mitsubishi Ki-67 heavy bomber detailed els... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi Ki-109

1941
Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)
Since May of 1937, the Empire of Japan - both the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and the Imperial ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi Ki-46 (Dinah)

1944
Mitsubishi Ki-73 (Steve)
During May of 1943, Japanese authorities delivered a new requirement for a single-seat, single-engin... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi Ki-73 (Steve)

1945
Mitsubishi Ki-83
The Japanese held a talent for developing excellent twin-engined aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1... [Read More]
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1942
Nakajima A6M2-N (Rufe)
As an island nation with a primary military focus placed on a powerful navy, the Empire of Japan was... [Read More]
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1942
Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
Many of the participating air powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) adopted twin-engine "heavy fighter" ... [Read More]
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1944
Nakajima J5N Tenrai (Heavenly Thunder)
Japanese aircraft engineers made some notable contributions to military air power prior to, and duri... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima J5N Tenrai (Heavenly Thunder)

1945
Nakajima J9Y Kikka / Kitsuka (Orange Blossom)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" jet-powered fighter was a wartime breakthrough in the field of m... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima J9Y Kikka / Kitsuka (Orange Blossom)

1945
Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsuguri ("Sword") was a simplistic single-seat, single-engine suicide fighter ai... [Read More]
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1946
Nakajima Ki-201 Karyu
The Nakajima concern of the Imperial Japanese nation of World War 2 was already charged with bringin... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima Ki-201 Karyu

1937
Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate)
The Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" (known early on as "Abdul") was a successful low-monoplane, all-metal with... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima Ki-27  (Nate)

1942
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)
By 1937, it became apparent to the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) that a more modern replacement for t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar)

1941
Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (Tojo)
The Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (meaning "Demon Queller" and codenamed "Tojo" by the Allies) was a single e... [Read More]
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1944
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank)
Out of the many fine fighters available to the Japanese Army in the closing months of World War 2, n... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank)

1945
Nakajima Ki-87
Even as early as 1942, Japanese Army engineers were fleshing out a new high-altitude fighter design.... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima Ki-87

1945
Rikugun Ki-93
The heavy fighter as a military aircraft class was a constant throughout the inventories of the air ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Rikugun Ki-93

1945
Tachikawa Ki-106 (Ki-84 Hayate)
Because of the deteriorating war situation for Japan amidst the relentless Allied bombing campaign o... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tachikawa Ki-106 (Ki-84 Hayate)

1945
Tachikawa Ki-94
Many aircraft in development by Japan at the time of the surrender of 1945 were ended in whatever st... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tachikawa Ki-94