- Jul 2018
- Hong Kong
The Japanese main type fighter used in WW2 was the well-known Zero-type carrier fighter (零式艦上戦闘機), simply named Zero fighter, renowned for its superior speed and manuoeverability in the contemporary era. It was the world-class fighter of that exceeded all the other nations, the dreadful threat to the enemy pilots. The chance to overcome Zero in 1 vs 1 dogfight was essentially “non-existent”.
However, on 19th June 1944, in the decisive Battle of the Philippine Sea fought near the Mariana Islands, the Zero fighters suffered the devastating loss, not only marked the full stop to the legend of the Zero fighters as the awesome aircraft, but also ruined the entire Japanese naval aviation force which could no longer stop the US domination of the Western Pacific….(in fact, the emerge of super-high-tech US “Hellcat”, VT fuse and advance radar had pretty much decided the fate)
In this thread we’re not going to discuss the reasons why the Japanese lost the battle, or narrate the history and functions of the Zero fighters in detail, but analyzing why had been the Japanese being failed to achieve sort of remarkable improvement for the Zero fighters’ performance and strength from AD 1941 Pearl Harbor to AD 1944 Marianas, and how the Japanese navy bureacurats’ foolishness in aircraft design guided by their “irresponsible” behaviour led to the inevitable tragedy of the “Great Marianas Turkey Shooting”.
The diaries from the Zero fighter designers had revealed the lethal deficiency of that type of aircraft, but why the Japanese authorities failed to correct it !? Surely many of you guys might probably know better than me about the comparison of the Japanese and the US air force and their aircrafts in the WW2 Pacfiic War, but I have grasped some information you probably haven’t known yet — the perspective came from the Zero fighter designers and those “irresponsible” bureaucrats.
So let’s discuss together and find out what we could learn and review. I’ll exhibit the content from those “diaries” for enabling you to comprehend more for the evolution of the Zero fighter design — the main cause that led to the Japanese catastrophe in the AD 1944 Marianas.
Hints : You could focus on the difference of culture and organization between US and Japan in pondering about my question