List of aircraft of Japan during World War II

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This is a list of aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Allied reporting names in "quotation marks".

Contents

Fighters

AircraftAllied
Code name
First
flown
Number
built
Service
Kawanishi N1K Kyofu Navy Fighter SeaplaneRex194297IJN
Kawanishi N1K1-J/N1K2-J Shiden Navy Land-Based InterceptorGeorge19431435IJN
Kawasaki Ki-10 Army Type 95 FighterPerry1935588IJA
Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu Army Type 2 Two-Seat FighterNick19411370IJA
Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien Army Type 3 FighterTony19433159IJA
Kawasaki Ki-100 Goshikisen Army Type 5 FighterTony1945395IJA
Kawasaki Ki-102 Army Type 4 Assault AircraftRandy1944238IJA
Mitsubishi A5M Navy Type 96 Carrier-based FighterClaude19371094IJN
Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen Navy Type Zero Carrier FighterZeke/Hamp194011000IJN
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden Navy Interceptor FighterJack1942621IJN
Mitsubishi Ki-46-III-Kai Army Type 100 Air Defence FighterDinah19411742IJA, IJN
Nakajima A6M2-N Navy Type 2 Interceptor/Fighter-BomberRufe1941327IJN
Nakajima J1N1-S GekkoIrving1941479IJN
Nakajima Ki-27 Army Type 97 FighterNate19373368IJA
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Army Type 1 FighterOscar19395919IJA
Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki Army Type 2 Single-Seat FighterTojo19411225IJA
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate Army Type 4 FighterFrank19433514IJA

Attack Aircraft

AircraftAllied
Code name
First
flown
Number
built
Service
Aichi D3A Navy Type 99 Carrier BomberVal19401,486IJN
Aichi B7A Ryusei Navy carrier torpedo bomberGrace1942114IJN
Mitsubishi Ki-15 Army Type 97 Command Reconnaissance PlaneBabs1936approx. 500IJA
Mitsubishi Ki-51 Army Type 99 Assault PlaneSonia19392,385IJA
Mitsubishi B5M Navy Type 97 No.2 Carrier Attack BomberMabel1937125IJN
Nakajima B5N Navy Type 97 Carrier Attack BomberKate1937~1,150IJN
Nakajima B6N Tenzan Navy Carrier Torpedo BomberJill19411,268IJN
Tachikawa Ki-36 Army Type 98 Direct Co-operation AircraftIda19381,334IJA
Yokosuka B4Y Navy Type 96 Carrier AttackerJean1935205IJN
Yokosuka D4Y Suisei Navy Carrier Dive bomberJudy19422,038IJN
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka1944852IJN

Bombers

AircraftAllied
Code name
First
flown
Number
built
Service
Kawasaki Ki-48 Army Type 99 Twin-engined Light BomberLily19401,997IJA
Mitsubishi G3M Navy Type 96 Land-based Attack AircraftNell19351,048IJN
Mitsubishi G4M Navy Type 1 Land-based Attack AircraftBetty19412,435IJN
Mitsubishi Ki-21 Army Type 97 Heavy BomberSally19382,064IJA
Mitsubishi Ki-30 Army Type 97 Light bomberAnn1938704IJN
Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu Navy Type 4 Heavy BomberPeggy1942767IJA
Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu Army Type 100 Heavy BomberHelen1941819IJA
Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga Navy Land-Based BomberFrances19451,098IJN

Reconnaissance Aircraft

AircraftAllied
Code name
First
flown
Number
built
Service
Aichi E13A Navy Type 0 Reconnaissance SeaplaneJake19411,418IJN
Aichi E16A Zuiun Navy Reconnaissance SeaplanePaul1942256IJN
Kawanishi E7K Navy Type 94 Reconnaissance SeaplaneAlf1933533IJN
Kawanishi E15K Shiun Navy Type 2 High-speed Reconnaissance SeaplaneNorm194115IJN
Kawanishi H6K Type 97 Large Flying BoatMavis1936215IJN
Kawanishi H8K Type 2 Large Flying BoatEmily1941167IJN
Kawasaki Ki-10 Army Type 95 Fighter (used for reconnaissance during WW2)Perry1935588IJA
Mitsubishi F1M Type 0 Observation SeaplanePete19361,118IJN
Mitsubishi Ki-46 Type 100 Command Reconnaissance AircraftDinah19411,742IJA
Nakajima C6N Saiun Navy Carrier Reconnaissance PlaneMyrt1943463IJN
Nakajima E8N Navy Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane Model 1Dave1934755IJN
Nakajima J1N Gekkou Navy Type 2 Reconnaissance PlaneIrving1942479IJN
Watanabe E9W Navy Type 96 Small Reconnaissance SeaplaneSlim193535IJN
Yokosuka E14Y Type 0 Small Reconnaissance SeaplaneGlen1939126IJN

Trainers

World War II Imperial Japanese Navy trainer aircraft were frequently modified from operational aircraft and differentiated by the suffix letter "K". Japaneses training aircraft were red-orange where combat aircraft would have been camouflaged.

AircraftAllied
Code name
First
flown
Number
built
Service
Aichi M6A1-K Nanzan Navy Special Strike Submarine Bomber trainern/a19432IJN
Kawanishi N1K2-K Shiden Navy Land Interceptor modified as Fighter TrainerGeorge1943IJN
Kyushu K10W1 Navy Type 2 Land-based Intermediate TrainerOak1941176IJN
Kyushu K11W1 Shiragiku Navy Operations Trainern/a1942798IJN
Kyushu Q1W1-K Tokai-RenLorna19431IJN
Mansyu Ki-79 Army Type 2 Advanced TrainerNate19361,329IJA
Mitsubishi A5M4-K Navy Carrier Fighter Type 96, model 4Claude1935103IJN
Mitsubishi A6M2-K & A6M5-K Navy Carrier Fighter Type 0Zeke1939243IJN
Mitsubishi G3M1/2-KNell19351,048IJN
Mitsubishi G6M1-K Navy Land TrainerBetty1939IJN
Mitsubishi K3M Navy Type 90 Crew Training AircraftPine1930625IJN
Nakajima A4N1-Kn/a1934221IJN
Tachikawa Ki-9 Army Type 95-1 Medium Grade TrainerSpruce19352,618IJA
Tachikawa Ki-17 Army Type 95-3 Basic Grade TrainerCedar1935560IJA
Tachikawa Ki-55 Army Type 99 Advanced TrainerIda19391,389IJA
Yokosuka MXY-8 Akigusan/a194550-60IJN
Yokosuka K5Y1Willow19335,770IJN
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka Model 43 K-1 Kai194445IJN

Transports

AircraftAllied
Code name
First
flown
Number
built
Service
Kawasaki Ki-56 Army Type 1 Freight Transport & Tachikawa Navy Type LOThalia/Thelma2401937IJA & IJN
Mitsubishi Ki-57 Army Type 100 TransportTopsy1940406IJA
Nakajima Ki-34 Army Type 97 Transport & Nakajima L1N Navy Type AT-2 TransportThora1936351IJA & IJN
Showa/Nakajima L2D Navy Type 0 TransportTabby1939487IJN

See also