P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar by Carl Molesworth
China 1944-45 (Duel)

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Known for the distinctive "sharkmouths" decoration on their noses, P-40 fighters first saw combat in China during World War II.Their most common adversary was the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43, nicknamed "Oscar." Carl Molesworth describes and explains the design and development of these two foes, the products of two vastly different philosophies of fighter design. The P-40 was heavily armed and sturdy with armor protection and self-sealing fuel tanks, but paid for this with the loss of speed and a sluggish performance at altitude. The Ki-43 was a rapier to the battleaxe P-40 and the Ki-43 was immensely nimble, though with less firepower and durability. This book examines these two different fighters, and the pilots who flew them over China, with an action-packed text, rare photographs and digital artwork.

About Carl Molesworth

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Carl Molesworth has specialised in producing unit histories for the USAAF fighter groups of the CBI since the 1980s, interviewing surviving veterans from these little-publicised units. The author lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA.
Published November 20, 2012 by Osprey Publishing. 80 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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These photographs provided the reminder that, despite of the book's title, a duel between a P-40 Warhawk aircraft and a Ki-43 Hayabusa aircraft was not merely a duel of machines.

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