Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force

Japanese Navy Japan, 1919-45. 5000+ Aircraft

Land/Carrier based IJN aircraft:

IJN Fighters:

A6M3_Zero Without contest, the A6M was the most famous IJN fighter in 1941. Agile, fast, with a long range and top-tier pilots, it brushed aside all opposition until late-1942 when the Hellcat and Lightning started to be introduced. Its army equivalent was the equally agile Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar".

In the long rivalry between services, the IJN won the match for arguably the best Japanese fighter ever, in the shape of the A6M, and Mitsubishi became the naval fighter specialist in Japan. This went full circle between the 1MF1, first IJN fighter built in Japan, the A5M in 1935 and the famous A6M in 1940. In between, Nakajima provided, as well as Kawasaki and Aichi. The IJN also tested the Dewoitine D.510J in 1936, the Canadian Car & Foundry AXG1 in 1938, Heinkel A7He1 (12), the same year, the American Douglas HXD and Fairchild LXF1, even an operational unit of Seversky A8V fighters.

A8V1_Seversky
Seversky A8V (1938) used as propaganda plane from the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, named Shiokaze-go and Umikaze-go. They operated in a single unit in China, the 12th Kōkūtai, operating from bases around Nanking. It received the USN Intel name of A8V1 "Dick", the Japanese designation for the 2PA-B3, but little is known about its fate.

Mitsubishi 1MF1 (1921)


The Mitsubishi 1MF was the first IJN fighter, deployed on the carrier Hosho, 138 built, retired around 1923.

Gloster Sparrowhawk Is (1921)

gloster sparrowhawk
The Imperial Japanese Navy also used the Gloster Sparrowhawk, directly purchased, from 1921. 90 were in service until 1928.
Designed by Henry Folland based on the Nieuport Nighthawk, it first flew in 1921, and was derived into the Gloster Grouse in UK. It was was made from existing stocks of stored Nighthawk components, initially propelled by a Dragonfly engine. However instead, the new Sparrowhawk was propelled by a Bentley BR2 rotary engine from Gloster, which allowed Japan to order for 50 of these from the Gloster Factory while the next 40 would be assembled from knocked-down kits by Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal. 30 were Sparrowhawk I land based fighters, ten Sparrowhawk II twin-seat advanced trainers and the rest, Sparrowhawk III shipboard fighters. The latter were really close to the 22 Gloster Nightjar carrier fighters in the Royal Navy and had a flotation equipment and arrestor gear. Yokosuka's planes were called Is.

Quickspecs:
5.99 x 8.51 m x 3.20 m, 1,850/2,165 lb (982 kg), Bentley BR2 9-cyl. AC rotary 230 hp (170 kW), 2-bladed FP prop.
125 mph (201 km/h, 109 kn) at sea level, 3 hours endurance, ceiling 16,900 ft (5,200 m).

Aichi Type H

This was the imported German Heinkel HD 23, produced under licence by Aichi Type H (1926) for studies. It was a semi experimental fighter of which just four were built.

Kawanishi K-11 (1927)

The Kawanishi K-11 was an experimental fighter, 2 built

Nakajima A1N (1928)


The Nakajima A1N was based on the imported Gloster Gambet, and 151 were built. It was retired in 1935.

Nakajima A2N (1929)


166 of these were built, retired in 1941.

Mitsubishi A5M (1935)


The Mitsubishi A5M was the first main fixed-train monoplane fighter of the IJN, and 1094 were built. It made the bulk of carrier groups in 1939, and even until 1941, gradually replaced until December by its successor. But it was kept in China, or isolated point-defence, and was only really retired in 1945.

Nakajima A4N (1935)


Of the same generation was the Nakajima A4N biplane, which first flew in Autumn 1934 but was introduction from January 1936, as a land and carrier-based fighter, produced from 1935 to 1940 with 221 built. Many were still around in 1941, like the "Claude" in China or point-base defense across the Pacific. Second line 1942, it was replaced in December 1941 by the A6M on carriers, and fully retired in 1943.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero "Zeke" (1939)


The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was by By far the most famous navy fighter. 10,939 built in many variants during the war. In December 1941, all carriers of the Kido Butai had received it, and pilots already had some training, after their transition from the A5M. We can dive deep into the plane and the myths surrounding it, but it will be the object of a fully fledged post.

Nakajima J1N Gekko "Irving" (1941)


The Nakajima J1N Gekko was the main land-based fast twin-engine heavy fighter of the IJN. With 479 built it was easily eclipsed by the Zero but proved its worth for escorting land-based bombers especially in the early stage of the Pacific campaign.

Mitsubishi J2M Raiden "Jack" (1942)


The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden "Jack" was not the successor of the A6M, but a land-based high altitude interceptor, much more powerful, faster and armoured. It was however complex and produced in short quantities at that stage on the war (621 built) due to strategic materials shortages. Most saw action in the home islands, against USAAF formations or carrier borne air raids.

Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden "Georges" (1943)


The Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden was a good fighter born from a floatplane, which was rare. It looked like the Kawasaki Ki-100 but it was more powerful, sturdier and better armed than any previous design and arguably the best fighter ever made by Kawanishi, the great Japanese floatplane/seaplane specialist. Derived from the "Rex" floatplane fighter, around 1400 were built, which mostly saw action in the home island in the last stage of the Pacific campaign.

Mitsubishi A7M Reppū "Sam" (1944)


The Mitsubishi A7M Reppū was the nominated true replacement for the A6M "zeke", drawing on improvements left and right, from the J2M and N1K. Only 10 preserie were ever built, it never really entered service in time.

Yokosuka MXY-8 Akigusa (1945)

MXY8 Akigusa
This was a clone of the German Me 163 Komet, which plans and parts arrived via U-Boat. About 50-60 were built but apparently never used.

Carrier-borne Bombers


-Aichi D1A (1934) dive bomber, 590 built codename "Susie"
-Aichi D3A (1938), main IJN dive bomber, 1,486 built
-Yokosuka D4Y (1942) codename "Judy" diver bomber, 2,038 built

Navy land-based Torpedo Bombers

-Mitsubishi G3M (1935), 1,048 built, long range twin engine navy land-based bomber, codename "Nell".
-Mitsubishi G4M (1939) "Betty", Main long range twin engine torpedo bomber of the navy, 2,435 built
-Nakajima G5N Shinzan (1941) "liz" long-range quad-engine heavy bomber, 6 built
-The navy also experimented with the Mitsubishi Ki-67 bomber, with a torpedo-bomber, the "Yasukuni", and a dedicated ASW plane, the Mitsubishi Q2M1 Taiyo.
-Nakajima B6N Tenzan (1941) coldename "Jill", 1,268 built planned replacement for the "Nate".
-Aichi B7A Ryusei "Jack" (1942), last IJN carrier-borne Torpedo bomber, 114 built

Torpedo-bombers

Nakajima B5N
-Mitsubishi 1MT (1922), triplane 20 built retired 1928.
-Mitsubishi B1M (1923), 443 built, retired 1936.
-Mitsubishi B2M (1932) 206 built, based on Blackburn Ripon, retired 1939-1940
-Yokosuka B4Y (1935) 205 built, biplane, retired 1943
-Mitsubishi B5M (1936) fixed carriage monoplan bomber, 125 built
-Nakajima B5N (1937) 1,150 built, main torpedo bomber
-Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga "Frances" (1943) Navy Land-Based twin engines Bomber, 1098 built

Misc.

Mitsubishi MC-20-II, close to the L4M, Naval transport plane
Mitsubishi MC-20-II, close to the L4M, Naval transport plane
-Yokosuka K2Y (1929), main navy trainer based on Avro 504, rarely mounted on floats. All 464 built were used by the Navy.
-Nakajima C2N (1930) staff carrier developed with Fokker, used by the navy and army (Ki-6), prod. unknown
-Mitsubishi K3M (1930), navy trainer and liaison, recce, 625 built, retired 1940s
-Mitsubishi 2MR (1932), carrier-based recce biplane, 159 built, retired 1937-38 as trainers
-Yokosuka K5Y (1934) 5,770 main IJN biplane trainer, with undercarriage or floats, used during WW2
-Hiro G2H (1933) 8 long-range recce/bomber land-based biplanes, most destroyed at Cheju Island in 1937
-Gasuden KR-2 (1934), light transport biplane, small prod.
-Nakajima C3N (1936) experimental recce monoplane with fixed undercarriage
-Nakajima L1N (1936) main transport monoplane twin engine, 351 built
-Mitsubishi L4M (1939) main twin-engine transport plane, 406 built
-Nakajima/Showa L2D (1939) large navy transport plane codenamed "Tabby", DC-3 copy.
-In 1939 also first flew the Nakajima LXD-1, transport four-engined prototype.
-Kyushu K9W1 Momiji (1942) biplane trainer based on the Bücker Bu-131, 339 built
-Kyushu K11W1 Shiragiku (1942) monoplane advanced operations trainer, 798 built
-Nakajima C6N Saiun "Myrt" (1943) Navy Carrier Reconnaissance Plane, the fastest built by Japan, 463 built.
-Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka (1944) codename "Baka" the famous suicide rocket plane, 852 built

IJN Naval Planes:

Design and operation

However in WW2 the largest man-made flying objects, after lighter-than air dirigibles, were flying boats.
This bring us to some explanation on the triple denomination:
-"Floatplanes" are optional land planes with floats, generally a central one and two smaller ones under the wings, or two large. They are otherwise similar to their land-based cousins, and generally shipboard.
-"Seaplanes" are fully waterproof and are given a ship's underbelly to land and take off from water.
-"Flying boats" are generally considered the same, but earning a connotation of larger size.
The latter disappeared from the aviation lexicon in the early 1960s, killed by passenger jets.
But in WW2 they were the largest flying vehicles around. The record went to the German Blohm & Voss BV 238, a 54 tonnes light behemoth, 45m long for a 60m wingspan, transport flying boat, and built by a naval yard. The Japanese Kawanishi "Emily" was the largest on offer.


Author's illustration of the Kawinishi N8K-2 "Emily".

While on the other side of the Atlantic, U-Boats met their "happy times" along the US coast. Alongside massive construction plans for new escort vessels and Liberty-ships, the eccentric aviator/tycoon Howard Hugues came out with an idea, in association with Henry J. Kaiser yards (Liberty-ships and "jeep carriers"): Mass-producing a giant flying boat, basically a flying Liberty ship. The project was approved but accumulated delays and ultimately was completed in 1947. By that time there was a senate enquiry about funds allocated to Hugues's projects. The Hughes H-4 Hercules never entered service and became a multiple records breaker after its one and only short flight. It was saved in the Smithonian Museum after a while. The "spruce goose" was only partially bested by land planes such as Galaxy C-5 or Antonov 225. In the Pacific meantime, the USN submarine fleet was breaking the back of Japanese shipping and many islands scattered across the pacific became short of supplies and reinforcements. Between a cargo ship, slow and vulnerable, and a cramped, slower transport sub, the flying-boat solution was seductive.

There is no evidence Japanese intelligence ever had the knowledge of Howard Hugue's infamous "spruce goose", but the IJN really needed to carry goods all across its newly-acquired Pacific empire, fast and safely, and at a time things were still balanced for the IJA. So the Navy wanted its flying boat, not for reconnaissance or ASW but purely for transport. It was a supply/troops carrier however, no serious engineer would have considered lifting tanks with this plane. Until then, smaller H6K "Mavis" and H8K "Emily" were the only available, in short supply and lacking range for such a task.

Recce/multirole seaplanes

Yokosuka E1Y (1926)


-Yokosuka E1Y 1926 reconnaissance seaplane >

Nakajima E2N (1929)

Nakajima E2N
-Nakajima E2N 1929 reconnaissance seaplane >

Nakajima E4N (1930)

Nakajima E4N
-Nakajima E4N 1930 reconnaissance seaplane >

Kawanishi E7K (1932)

Kawanishi E7K
-Kawanishi E7K >

Nakajima E8N "Dave" (1932)

-Nakajima E8N "Dave" >

Mitsubishi F1M "pete" ()

Mitsubishi F1M
-Mitsubishi F1M "pete" >

Aichi E13A "pete" ()

Aichi E13A
-Aichi E13A >

Aichi E16A "Zuiun" ()


-Aichi E16A 'Zuiun' >

Floatplanes & seaplanes


IJN Haguro and IJN Nachi's Nakajima E8N (Type 95) "Nate" recce plane - colorized bi Iroo Toko Jr.

Yokosho Rogou Kougata (1918)


The Yokosho Rogou Kougata 218 built, retired 1928

Yokosuka K1Y (1925)


Main trainer/spotted floatplane of the Navy, 104 built, retired 1941

Hiro H1H (1925)


This was a reconnaissance and ASW patrol seaplane, of which 60 were built. It was retired in 1938.

Aichi Type 15-Ko Mi-go (1925)

A semi-experimental seaplane, of which 4-5 were built, operational service.

Yokosuka E1Y (1926)


This was the main onboard reconnaissance floatplane of the IJN, with 320 built, retired in 1938

Aichi Navy Type 2 (1928)

An experimental floatplane

Nakajima E2N (1929)


The Nakajima E2N was a sssss, 80 built, retired in the late 1930s

Yokosuka E6Y (1929)

A submarine-based reconnaissance and attack floatplane, of which 10 were built, retired in 1943

Yokosuka K4Y (1930)


A main IJN trainer and reconnaissance floatplane, with 211 built, retired 1940s.

Yokosuka E5Y (1930)


A reconnaissance floatplane used onboard IJN NOTORO, phased out in the late 1930s, of which 20 were built.

Aichi E3A (1930)


Reconnaissance floatplane developed with the German company Heinkel of which 20 were built

Nakajima E4N (1930)


A Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of which 153 were built, retired in the late 1930s

Hiro H4H (1933)

A reconnaissance seaplane of which 47 were built, which was retired 1940

Kawanishi E7K (1934)


The main reconnaissance onboard floatplane of the IJN from 1935, widespread with 533 built on cruisers and battleships, served in WW2 in first and second line.

Nakajima E8N "Pete" (1935)


Second Main reconnaissance floatplane in service as a biplane during ww2, 755 built

Kawanishi E10K (1934)

An experimental transport and reconnaissance floatplane

Kawanishi H6K (1936)


A Four engine flying boat of which 215 were built.

Mitsubishi F1M "Pete" (1936)


Main IJN Reconnaissance floatplane, 944 built. The last biplane floatplane of the IJN, discarded in 1944-45, used in many islands.

Yokosuka H5Y (1936)

Type 99 Flying Boat Model 11
The Type 99 Flying Boat Model 11, also called in the Navy Yokosuka H5Y. 20 were built. The H5Y was designed by Yokosuka based on IJNAS requirement for a twin-engine maritime reconnaissance flying boat. It was to be faster than contemporary four-engine flying boats but cheaper and easier to maintain. Two prototypes were built by the 11th Naval Arsenal in Hiro. Completed in 1936, they had a twin-engine parasol configuration and resembled the previous Kawanishi H6K "Mavis". Poor performances and structural problems delayed production. production ended in 1941 at the Dai-Juichi Kaigun Kokusho facility. Also called the Type 99 Flying Boat Model 11, it was accepted in service in 1939 but the order was later cancelled. They were used for coastal anti-submarine patrols until 1942 and then transferred to the second line. They were used as transport and for training.

Specs:
20.53 x 31.57 x 6.71 m; 7,070/11,500 kgs, crew 6.
Two Mitsubishi MK1A Shinten 21 (14-cyl. AC Radial 890 kW (1,200 hp), 3-bladed VP props
Top speed 306 km/h, 700 m, 4,800 km or 26 hours ceiling 5,200 m, altitude: 3,000 m/24 min.
Armed with 3× 7.7 mm MGs, two 250 kg (552 lb) bombs

Watanabe K8W (1937)


Trainer and reconnaissance floatplane. In 1937, the IJN drew specifications for a 12-shi primary floatplane trainer. It was to replace the Yokosuka K4Y (Navy Type 90), Kawanishi, Watanabe and Nihon Hikoki ("Nippi") were contacted. Gasuden Jimpu radial engine (K4Y) was asked for and Watanabe's design (K8W1) of a single-engine biplane with a fabric-covered steel-tube fuselage and a wooden wing two floats was judged inferior. The first prototype flew in 1938, then two modified ones but production was not ordered.

Aichi E11A "Laura" (1937)


Only 17 of these gunnery spotting seaplanes (E11A Type 98) were produced and delivered that year. They served for the whole of WW2. Called Kyū-hachi Yatei these flying boats biplanes were used in 1939 for maritime patrol duties. It was also known as the Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane. It was similar to the E10A (Type 96) "Hank" but rarer. Designed as an onboard model in cruisers or battleships as night spotters, it was diverted to secondary duties, communications and transport.
Specs

10.71 x 14.49 x 4.52 m; 1,927 kg/3,297/3,297 kg, Crew: 3
Hiro Type 91 Model 22 W-12 wc 460 kW (620 hp), 4-bladed FP pusher prop
Top speed 217 km/h, Range 1,945 km, ceiling: 4,425 m
Armament one 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 92 MG

Kawanishi E11K (1937)

Kawanishi_E11K
Two of these transport flying boats were built. Requirement dated back from 1936, replacing the Aichi Type 96 Seaplane, as specialised night reconnaissance aircraft. It was also meant to shadow enemy forces at night and direct submarines. Aichi and Kawanishi producing accepted prototypes, but not Kawanishi. The latter was a gull winged cantilever monoplane powered a pusher Hiro Type 91 w engine. It was strut mounted above the wing and had a four-bladed propeller, and faired radiator aft. It had retractable wingtip floats, and was meant to serve onboard cruisers.
The first prototype 11-Shi Special Reconnaissance Seaplane (E11K) flew on 11 June 1937 but proved to have poor stability and a poor seabot, with its engine installation overheating. A second model was proposed after modifications but rejected. Both served as utility transport aircrafts, reclassed as Type 96 Transport, used for liaisons in reconnaissance seaplane squadrons.

Nakajima E12N (1938)

Nakajima-E12N
Two reconnaissance floatplane were built and delivered. In the fall of 1937, a competition to develop a two-seater reconnaissance seaplane onboard cruisers or capital ships was answered by Aichi with its E12A and Nakajima with its E12N, finally Kawanishi had its E12K project. Nakajima's model was designed by Shinroku Inue as a two-tier, low-plane, and all-metal model with trapezoidal wing. It had flaps increasing lift when catapult launched. It was fitted with a Mitsubishi MK2A Zuisei 11 (Ha-31-11) engine of 850 hp. It was armed with two fixed 7.7-mm bow MGs and one defensive in turret at the rear. It could carry also a single 250-kg or two 60-kg bombs under the fuselage. Requirements changed in 1937 and it was modified to accept a crew of three and its range was increased significantly. The final two prototypes were demonstrated in 1938, showing better than the E12A. The fleet preferred the three-seater, chossing the E13A as a constructive development of the E12A.

Nippi K8Ni1 (1938)

A trainer floatplane, only two built.

Watanabe E9W (1938)


35 of these shipboard reconnaissance biplanes were built and delivered

Watanabe K8W (1938)

Only three of these reconnaissance seaplane trainers were built.

Aichi E13A (1938)


The main reconnaissance monoplane floatplane on board all IJN cruisers and capital ships in WW2, 1,418 built, 1st line until the end of the war. Standalone post awaited.

Kawanishi E13K (1938)

Kawanishi_E13K
Two prototypes, 3-seat ship-borne reconnaissance monoplane. In 1937 the spec asked Kawanishi and Aichi to design a replacement for the E7K. Kawanishi's Navy 12-Shi Three-seat Reconnaissance Seaplane, was all-metal, single-float defended by a Type 92 MG and carrying a bomb under its fuselage/4 under wings. First flight on 28 September 1938. Operational tests in October 1938 at fleet base. The team tought it was superior to the Aichi E13A. But it appeared slower and more difficult to operate and was rejected.

Kawanishi K6K (1938)

Kawanishi_К6К
Sseaplane trainer, three were delivered for service. The K6K was a 2-seat twin-float biplane which fuselage was a welded steel-tube frame. It was covered in fabric and was made of light alloy and steel. Its wing was covered in fabric. It also had monocoque floats in light alloy. It answered the requirement for a intermediate-level training seaplane and first flew on 30 April 1938, showing poor performances. It was rejected for production.

Kawanishi K8K (1938)


Seaplane trainer, 15 built.
In 1937, this model followed a specification for a 12-shi primary floatplane trainer and replacement for a Yokosuka K4Y. Kawanishi, Watanabe and Nihon Hikoki ("Nippi") were contacted. They were to use the Gasuden Jimpu radial engine of the K4Y. Kawanishi's K8K1, was a single-engine biplane, with a steel-tube fuselage covered in fabric and wooden wing, two floats. Both trainee and instructor had individual open cockpits. Three prototypes were made, the first on 6 July 1938. Nippi K8Ni was disqualified and the K8K was selected over the Watanabe K8W. In production it becaùe the Navy Type 0 Primary Seaplane Trainer. In addition to the two prototypes, 12 production models were built, but terminated as the Navy opted for the Yokosuka K5Y.

Nippi K8Ni1 (1938)

Nippi K8Ni1
Seaplane trainer prototype, few info available

Nakajima E12N (1938)

Reconnaissance floatplane, only 2 built

Aichi H9A (1940)


Reconnaissance seaplane, 31 only built (Alternative to the E13A)

Nakajima E14Y (1939)


A shipboard reconnaissance floatplane of which 126 were built and delivered

Kawanishi E15K Shiun "Norm" (1941)


15 only were built of this floatplane Torpedo bomber.

Kawanishi H8K "Emily" (1941)


Main long-range four-engine flying boat, 167 built. By all account a Japanese Sunderland.

Nippi L7P1 (1942)

Nippi_L7P1
The Nippi L7P1 was an amphibian inspired by the Fairchild A942-B amphibian(LXF 1) and was called 13-shi light transport. These two were completed at Nippon Hikoki Kabushiki Kaisha in February 1942 and tested. They showed stall tendency due to the high load of their wooden main wing and difficult take off. Never ordered for production. It had two Nakajima Kotobuki 41, Air cooled 9 cylinder engines, 710hp. Wing span 19.6m, lenght 14.0m, height:4.7m. It weight 3,705kg/5,899kg. Top speed 332km/h (179.4kt) and Ceiling 7,100m, 6.0h autonomy.

Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu "Rex" (1942)

The main IJN floatplane fighter variant of the land-based fighter Kawanishi N1K-J Shiden, of which 1,532 built.

Aichi M6A1 Seiran (1943)


Navy Special Strike Submarine-based Bomber, developed for the I-400 submarines, 28 built.

Also Tested

-Aichi M6A1-K Nanzan Floatplane trainer Navy Special Strike Submarine Bomber trainer (1943, 2 built) -Kyushu Q1W1-K Tokai-Ren "Lorna", twin-engine Floatplane trainer of the Navy

Kawanishi KX-03 (1943)


Weekly Project !
We will go into naval aircraft soon, and for a starter, what a better piece of virtual hardware than these Kawanishi reports No 541, 544 and 566 "500-ton class flying boat study" - better known around the net as the KX-03. The IJN ordered Kawanishi to study a (circa) 500 ton class flying boat, at the beginning of 1943.
Although records of discussions leading to this order were lost, we can guess what was the incentive:
In 1943, IJN naval losses started to mount due to USN submarines action, it would peak the next year and increasingly make supplying Japan or the Pacific garrisons a desperate gamble. The only way to avoid being targeted by a submarine was to be either be given a very shallow draft (like landings crafts were), too fast to be catch by subs (which was true for destroyers and TBs, often used to carry troops and supplies), or be a transport submarine (like the Yu class started in 1944), or ...stay above the waves. The concept of "wing-in-ground effect" was well-known already and many nations studied the possibilities of designing small crafts using this technique. The Austro-Hungarian Versurchsgleitsboote was the first of them, but the tech really started to mature from 1960.
This flying boat was massive, twice as large as any aircraft ever designed (heavier than air that is). To clear out any speculation here, none was built, and it stayed as a paper project, although the study was discontinued into 1944-45.

The Ne201 was still experimental, and was still not ready when the war ended in August 1945. By 1943 the existing Ne 10 and Ne 12 engines were never to be powerful enough for the task, and were still in development. By July 1944, the BMW 003A arrived via submarine in Japan, and became the basis for the Ne 20 and derivatives. By June 1945 it was still not ready for production either, only 6 preserie engines being still tested at the Mitsubishi factory. The Ne 330 was not developed further away.

It is possible that the KX-3 followed two earlier designs with only classic props, and the KX-3 won turbo-jets, with only a prototype, the Kawanishi K-200 just designed. The latter was close to prototyping, and featured six Ne-330 jet engines on its wings. This showed some similarity to the KX-3 project , basically a scaled-up version. This was a more reasonable design that could have been ready on time, but its Ne 330 engines were never ready, and in addition, range was poor. On the other hand, the IJN also took delivery of its largest operational fling boat, the Kawanishi H11K Soku, a 26.5 tons plane, with Four Mitsubishi MK4Q Kasei 22 (Ha·32-22) 14-cyl. AC radial engines for 1850 hp. It never became operational because of other priorities, and by March 1945, progresses stopped, Kawanishi being ordered to concentrate on the NI K2-J Shiden-Kai fighter instead. The only existing mock-up of the Soku was destroyed by an air raid in April 1945, off the Seto Inland Sea.

The H8K flying boat was used as the starting point for the design, dimensions just were stretched-up endlessly, reaching 531 feet long by 590 foot wingspan, and 116 feet in height. The engines were revolutionary, the Rikugun Kokugijutsu Kenkyuuju (RKK) Ne 201 turboprops being multiple-bladed and installed in a pusher configuration. This was completed by Ne 330 engines derived from the BMW engines in streamlined nacelles. It was hoped the accumulation was enough to carry out of the water the flying "ship". For self-defence, nose and tail would have been given a 20mm automatic cannon completed by several dorsal turrets along the dorsal fuselage spine, probably with trusted 13mm air-cooled heavy machine guns and in the fuselage side.

The size of this plane could have allowed to carry its own parasite self-defence fighters in a more elaborated, more powerful version.
But by 1944, the USN air superiority made this giant nothing more than a juicy target.
The height of the fuselage probably would have allowed for three full decks to carry troops and their equipments.
By late 1943, although it was submitted to the IJN, no fate is known for the project, albeit some clues showed it was discontinued until 1945, but doomed at that time by the lack of resources of all sorts and gasoline to start with, plus USN aviation clear superiority.
In any case, the KX-3 was the pinnacle of the wartime development for Kawanishi, which designed suicide rocket planes in the end. After the war, the company was reborn as Shin Meiwa Industries, providing the JSDMF the PS-1 and US-2.

Kawanishi KX03 known specs:

Overall length: 162 m
Wingspan: 180 m
Height: 35.4 m
Wing area: 1,150 square meter
Gross weight: 460 ton
Range: 18,520 km
Crew: 24
Payload: 900 soldiers fully equipped, possibly softskin vehicles.
Engines: -Twelve Ne201 turbo propellers engines (1,870 hp and a static thrust of 900kg per engine, total 132,000hp)
-Six Ne330 jet engine (7,920hp equivalent)

Naval History

⚑ 1870 Fleets
Spanish Navy 1870 Armada Espanola Austro-Hungarian Navy 1870 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine
Danish Navy 1870 Dansk Marine
Hellenic Navy 1870 Nautoko Hellenon
Haitian Navy 1914Haiti Koninklije Marine 1870 Koninklije Marine
Dutch Screw Frigates & corvettes
De Ruyter Bd Ironclad (1863)
Prins H. der Neth. Turret ship (1866)
Buffel class turret rams (1868)
Skorpioen class turret rams (1868)
Heiligerlee class Monitors (1868)
Bloedhond class Monitors (1869)
Adder class Monitors (1870)
A.H.Van Nassau Frigate (1861)
A.Paulowna Frigate (1867)
Djambi class corvettes (1860)
Amstel class Gunboats (1860)

Marine Française 1870 Marine Nationale
Screw 3-deckers (1850-58)
Screw 2-deckers (1852-59)
Screw Frigates (1849-59)
Screw Corvettes (1846-59)
Screw Fl. Batteries (1855)
Paddle Frigates
Paddle Corvettes
screw sloops
screw gunboats
Sailing ships of the line
Sailing frigates
Sailing corvettes
Sailing bricks

Gloire class Bd. Ironclads (1859)
Couronne Bd. Ironclad (1861)
Magenta class Bd. Ironclads (1861)
Palestro class Flt. Batteries (1862)
Arrogante class Flt. Batteries (1864)
Provence class Bd. Ironclads (1864) Embuscade class Flt. Batteries (1865)
Taureau arm. ram (1865)
Belliqueuse Bd. Ironclad (1865)
Alma Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1867)
Ocean class CT Battery ship (1868)
French converted sailing frigates (1860)
Cosmao class cruisers (1861)
Talisman cruisers (1862)
Resolue cruisers (1863)
Venus class cruisers (1864)
Decres cruiser (1866)
Desaix cruiser (1866)
Limier class cruisers (1867)
Linois cruiser (1867)
Chateaurenault cruiser (1868)
Infernet class Cruisers (1869)
Bourayne class Cruisers (1869)
Cruiser Hirondelle (1869)

Curieux class sloops (1860)
Adonis class sloops (1863)
Guichen class sloops (1865)
Sloop Renard (1866)
Bruix class sloops (1867)
Pique class gunboats (1862)
Hache class gunboats (1862)
Arbalete class gunboats (1866)
Etendard class gunboats (1868)
Revolver class gunboats (1869)

Marinha do Brasil 1870 Marinha do Brasil
Barrozo class (1864)
Brasil (1864)
Tamandare (1865)
Lima Barros (1865)
Rio de Janeiro (1865)
Silvado (1866)
Mariz E Barros class (1866)
Carbal class (1866)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1870 Osmanlı Donanması
Osmanieh class Bd.Ironclads (1864) Assari Tewfik (1868) Assari Shevket class Ct. Ironclads (1868)
Lufti Djelil class CDS (1868)
Avni Illah class cas.ironclads (1869)
Fethi Bulend class cas.ironclads (1870)
Barbette ironclad Idjalleh (1870)
Messudieh class Ct.Bat.ships (1874)
Hamidieh Ct.Bat.Ironclads (1885)
Abdul Kadir Batleships (project)

Ertrogul Frigate (1863)
Selimieh (1865)
Rehberi Tewkik (1875)
Mehmet Selim (1876)
Sloops & despatch vessels

Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru
Monitor Atahualpa (1865)
CT. Bat Independencia (1865)
Turret ship Huascar (1865)
Frigate Apurimac (1855)
Corvette America (1865)
Corvette Union (1865)

Regia Marina 1870 Regia Marina 1870 Imperial Japanese navy 1870 Nihhon Kaigun Prussian Navy 1870 Preußische Marine Russian mperial Navy 1870 Russkiy Flot Swedish Navy 1870 Svenska marinen
Norwegian Navy 1870 Søværnet
⚑ 1898 Fleets
Argentinian Navy 1898 Armada de Argentina
Parana class Gunboats (1873)
La Plata class Coast Battleships (1875)
Pilcomayo class Gunboats (1875)
Ferre class Gunboats (1880)

Austro-Hungarian Navy 1898 K.u.K. Kriegsmarine

Chinese Imperial Navy 1898 Imperial Chinese Navy
Danish Navy 1898 Dansk Marine

Hellenic Navy 1898 Nautiko Hellenon
Haitian Navy 1914Marine Haitienne
Koninklije Marine 1898 Koninklije Marine
Konigin der Netherland (1874)
Draak, monitor (1877)
Matador, monitor (1878)
R. Claeszen, monitor (1891)
Evertsen class CDS (1894)
Atjeh class cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Sumatra (1890)
Cruiser K.W. Der. Neth (1892)
Banda class Gunboats (1872)
Pontania class Gunboats (1873)
Gunboat Aruba (1873)
Hydra Gunboat class (1873)
Batavia class Gunboats (1877)
Wodan Gunboat class (1877)
Ceram class Gunboats (1887)
Combok class Gunboats (1891)
Borneo Gunboat (1892)
Nias class Gunboats (1895)
Koetei class Gunboats (1898)
Dutch sloops (1864-85)

Marine Française 1898 Marine Nationale
Friedland CT Battery ship (1873)
Richelieu CT Battery ship (1873)
Colbert class CT Battery ships (1875)
Redoutable CT Battery ship (1876)
Courbet class CT Battery ships (1879)
Amiral Duperre barbette ship (1879)
Terrible class barbette ships (1883)
Amiral Baudin class barbette ships (1883)
Barbette ship Hoche (1886)
Marceau class barbette ships (1888)
Cerbere class arm. rams (1870)
Tonnerre class Br. Monitors (1875)
Tempete class Br. Monitors (1876)
Tonnant Barbette ship (1880)
Furieux Barbette ship (1883)
Fusee class Arm. Gunboats (1885)
Acheron class Arm. Gunboats (1885)
Jemmapes class C.Defense ships (1890)

La Galissonière Cent. Bat. Ironclads (1872)
Bayard class barbette ships (1879)
Vauban class barbette ships (1882)
Prot. Cruiser Sfax (1884)
Prot. Cruiser Tage (1886)
Prot. Cruiser Amiral Cécille (1888)
Prot. Cruiser Davout (1889)
Forbin class Cruisers (1888)
Troude class Cruisers (1888)
Alger class Cruisers (1891)
Friant class Cruisers (1893)
Prot. Cruiser Suchet (1893)
Descartes class Cruisers (1893)
Linois class Cruisers (1896)
D'Assas class Cruisers (1896)
Catinat class Cruisers (1896)

R. de Genouilly class Cruisers (1876)
Cruiser Duquesne (1876)
Cruiser Tourville (1876)
Cruiser Duguay-Trouin (1877)
Laperouse class Cruisers (1877)
Villars class Cruisers (1879)
Cruiser Iphigenie (1881)
Cruiser Naiade (1881)
Cruiser Arethuse (1882)
Cruiser Dubourdieu (1884)
Cruiser Milan (1884)

Parseval class sloops (1876)
Bisson class sloops (1874)
Epee class gunboats (1873)
Crocodile class gunboats (1874)
Tromblon class gunboats (1875)
Condor class Torpedo Cruisers (1885)
G. Charmes class gunboats (1886)
Inconstant class sloops (1887)
Bombe class Torpedo Cruisers (1887)
Wattignies class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)
Levrier class Torpedo Cruisers (1891)

Marinha do Brasil 1898 Marinha do Brasil
Siete de Setembro class (1874)
Riachuleo class (1883)
Aquidaban class (1885)

Marina de Mexico 1898 Mexico
GB Indipendencia (1874)
GB Democrata (1875)

Turkish Ottoman navy 1898 Osmanlı Donanması
Cruiser Heibtnuma (1890)
Cruiser Lufti Humayun (1892)
Cruiser Hadevendighar (1892)
Shadieh class cruisers (1893)
Turkish TBs (1885-94)

Regia Marina 1898 Regia Marina Pr. Amadeo class (1871)
Caio Duilio class (1879)
Italia class (1885)
Ruggero di Lauria class (1884)
Carracciolo (1869)
Vettor Pisani (1869)
Cristoforo Colombo (1875)
Flavio Goia (1881)
Amerigo Vespucci (1882)
C. Colombo (ii) (1892)
Pietro Micca (1876)
Tripoli (1886)
Goito class (1887)
Folgore class (1887)
Partenope class (1889)
Giovanni Bausan (1883)
Etna class (1885)
Dogali (1885)
Piemonte (1888)
Staffeta (1876)
Rapido (1876)
Barbarigo class (1879)
Messagero (1885)
Archimede class (1887)
Guardiano class GB (1874)
Scilla class GB (1874)
Provana class GB (1884)
Curtatone class GB (1887)
Castore class GB (1888)

Imperial Japanese navy 1898 Nihhon Kaigun German Navy 1898 Kaiserliches Marine
Russian Imperial Navy 1898 Russkiy Flot
Marina do Peru Marina Do Peru

Swedish Navy 1898 Svenska Marinen Norwegian Navy 1898 Søværnet
Royal Navy 1898 Royal Navy
HMS Hotspur (1870)
HMS Glatton (1871)
Devastation classs (1871)
Cyclops class (1871)
HMS Rupert (1874)
Neptune class (1874)
HMS Dreadnought (1875)
HMS Inflexible (1876)
Agamemnon class (1879)
Conqueror class (1881)
Colossus class (1882)
Admiral class (1882)
Trafalgar class (1887)
Victoria class (1890)
Royal Sovereign class (1891)
Centurion class (1892)
HMS Renown (1895)

HMS Shannon (1875)
Nelson class (1876)
Iris class (1877)
Leander class (1882)
Imperieuse class (1883)
Mersey class (1885)
Surprise class (1885)
Scout class (1885)
Archer class (1885)
Orlando class (1886)
Medea class (1888)
Barracouta class (1889)
Barham class (1889)
Pearl class (1889)

Spanish Navy 1898 Armada 1898
Ironclad Pelayo (1887)

Infanta Maria Teresa class (1890)
Emperador Carlos V (1895)
Cristobal Colon (1897)
Princesa de Asturias (1896)
Aragon class (1879)
Velasco class (1881)
Isla de Luzon (1886)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Reina Regentes class (1887)

Destructor class (1886)
Temerario class (1891)
TGunboat Filipinas (1892)
De Molina class (1896)
Furor class (1896)
Audaz class (1897)
Spanish TBs (1878-87)
Fernando class gunboats (1875)
Concha class gunboats (1883)

US Navy 1898 1898 US Navy
USS Maine (1889)
USS Texas (1892)
Indiana class (1893)
USS Iowa (1896)

Amphitrite class (1876)
USS Puritan (1882)
USS Monterey (1891)

Atlanta class (1884)
USS Chicago (1885)
USS Charleston (1888)
USS Baltimore (1888)
USS Philadelphia (1889)
USS San Francisco (1889)
USS Newark (1890)
USS New York (1891)
USS Olympia (1892)
Cincinatti class (1892)
Montgomery class (1893)
Columbia class (1893)
USS Brooklyn (1895)

USS Vesuvius (1888)
USS Katahdin (1893)
USN Torpedo Boats (1886-1901)
GB USS Dolphin (1884)
Yorktown class GB (1888)
GB USS Petrel (1888)
GB USS Bancroft (1892)
Machias class GB (1891)
GB USS Nashville (1895)
Wilmington class GB (1895)
Annapolis class GB (1896)
Wheeling class GB (1897)
Small gunboats (1886-95)
St Louis class AMC (1894)
Harvard class AMC (1888)
USN Armoured Merchant Cruisers
USN Armed Yachts

WW1

☉ Entente Fleets

British ww1 Royal Navy
WW1 British Battleships
Majestic class (1894)
Canopus class (1897)
Formidable class (1898)
London class (1899)
Duncan class (1901)
King Edward VII class (1903)
Swiftsure class (1903)
Lord Nelson class (1906)
HMS Dreadnought (1906)
Bellorophon class (1907)
St Vincent class (1908)
HMS Neptune (1909)
Colossus class (1910)
Orion class (1911)
King George V class (1911)
Iron Duke class (1912)
Queen Elizabeth class (1913)
HMS Canada (1913)
HMS Agincourt (1913)
HMS Erin (1915)
Revenge class (1915)
B3 class (1918)

WW1 British Battlecruisers
Invincible class (1907)
Indefatigable class (1909)
Lion class (1910)
HMS Tiger (1913)
Renown class (1916)
Courageous class (1916)
G3 class (1918)

ww1 British cruisers
Blake class (1889)
Edgar class (1890)
Powerful class (1895)
Diadem class (1896)
Cressy class (1900)
Drake class (1901)
Monmouth class (1901)
Devonshire class (1903)
Duke of Edinburgh class (1904)
Warrior class (1905)
Minotaur class (1906)
Hawkins class (1917)

Apollo class (1890)
Astraea class (1893)
Eclipse class (1894)
Arrogant class (1896)
Pelorus class (1896)
Highflyer class (1898)
Gem class (1903)
Adventure class (1904)
Forward class (1904)
Pathfinder class (1904)
Sentinel class (1904)
Boadicea class (1908)
Blonde class (1910)
Active class (1911)
'Town' class (1909-1913)
Arethusa class (1913)
'C' class series (1914-1922)
'D' class (1918)
'E' class (1918)

WW1 British Seaplane Carriers
HMS Ark Royal (1914)
HMS Campania (1893)
HMS Argus (1917)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Vindictive (1918)
HMS Hermes (1919)

WW1 British Destroyers
River class (1903)
Cricket class (1906)
Tribal class (1907)
HMS Swift (1907)
Beagle class (1909)
Acorn class (1910)
Acheron class (1911)
Acasta class (1912)
Laforey class (1913)
M/repeat M class (1914)
Faulknor class FL (1914)
T class (1915)
Parker class FL (1916)
R/mod R class (1916)
V class (1917)
V class FL (1917)
Shakespeare class FL (1917)
Scott class FL (1917)
W/mod W class (1917)
S class (1918)

WW1 British Torpedo Boats
125ft series (1885)
140ft series (1892)
160ft series (1901)
27-knotters (1894)
30-knotters (1896)
33-knotters (1896)

WW1 British Submarines
Nordenfelt Submarines (1885)
Flower class sloops
British Gunboats of WWI
British P-Boats (1915)
Kil class (1917)
British ww1 Minesweepers
Z-Whaler class patrol crafts
British ww1 CMB
British ww1 Auxiliaries

✠ Central Empires

⚑ Neutral Countries

Europe
Bulgarian Navy Bulgaria
Danish Navy 1914 Denmark
Greek Royal Navy Greece

Dutch Empire Navy 1914 Netherlands
Norwegian Navy 1914 Norway

Portuguese navy 1914 Portugal

Romanian Navy 1914 Romania
Spanish Armada Spain Swedish Navy 1914 Sweden


WW2

✪ Allied ww2 Fleets

US ww2 US Navy
WW2 American Battleships
Wyoming class (1911)
New York class (1912)
Nevada class (1914)
Pennsylvania class (1915)
New Mexico class (1917)
Tennessee Class (1919)
Colorado class (1921)
North Carolina class (1940)
South Dakota class (1941)
Iowa class (1942)
Montana class (cancelled)

WW2 American Cruisers
Omaha class cruisers (1920)
Northampton class heavy cruisers (1929)
Pensacola class heavy Cruisers (1928)
Portland class heavy cruisers (1931)
New Orleans class cruisers (1933)
Brooklyn class cruisers (1936)
USS Wichita (1937)
Atlanta class light cruisers (1941)
Cleveland class light Cruisers (1942)
Baltimore class heavy cruisers (1942)
Alaska class heavy cruisers (1944)

WW2 USN Aircraft Carriers
USS Langley (1920)
Lexington class CVs (1927)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
Yorktown class aircraft carriers (1936)
Long Island class (1940)
Independence class CVs (1942)
Essex class CVs (1942)
Bogue class CVEs (1942)
Sangamon class CVEs (1942)
Casablanca class CVEs (1943)
Commencement Bay class CVEs (1944)
Midway class CVs (1945)
Saipan class CVs (1945)

WW2 American destroyers
Wickes class (1918)
Clemson class (1920)
Farragut class (1934)
Porter class (1935)
Mahan class (1935)
Gridley class (1936)
Bagley class (1936)
Somers class (1937)
Benham class (1938)
Sims class (1938)
Benson class (1939)
Fletcher class (1942)
Sumner class (1943)
Gearing class (1945)

GMT Evarts class (1942)
TE Buckley class (1943)
TEV/WGT Rudderow classs (1943)
DET/FMR Cannon class
Asheville/Tacoma class

WW2 American Submarines
Barracuda class
USS Argonaut
Narwhal class
USS Dolphin
Cachalot class
Porpoise class
Shark class
Perch class
Salmon class
Sargo class
Tambor class
Mackerel class
Gato Class

USS Terror (1941)
Raven class Mnsp (1940)
Admirable class Mnsp (1942)
Eagle class sub chasers (1918)
PC class sub chasers
SC class sub chasers
PCS class sub chasers
YMS class Mot. Mnsp
PT-Boats
ww2 US gunboats
ww2 US seaplane tenders
USS Curtiss ST (1940)
Currituck class ST
Tangier class ST
Barnegat class ST

US Coat Guardships
Lake class
Northland class
Treasury class
Owasco class
Wind class
Algonquin class
Thetis class
Active class

US Amphibious ships & crafts
US Amphibious Operations
Doyen class AT
Harris class AT
Dickman class AT
Bayfield class AT
Windsor class AT
Ormsby class AT
Funston class AT
Sumter class AT
Haskell class AT
Andromeda class AT
Gilliam class AT
APD-1 class LT
APD-37 class LT
LSV class LS
LSD class LS
Landing Ship Tank
LSM class LS
LSM(R) class SS
LCI(L) LC
LCT(6) LC
LCV class LC
LCVP class LC
LCM(3) class LC
LCP(L) class LC
LCP(R) class SC
LCL(L)(3) class FSC
LCS(S) class FSC
British ww2 Royal Navy

WW2 British Battleships
Queen Elisabeth class (1913)
Revenge class (1915)
Nelson class (1925)
King Georges V class (1939)
Lion class (Started)
HMS Vanguard (1944)
Renown class (1916)
HMS Hood (1920)

WW2 British Cruisers
British C class cruisers (1914-1922)
Hawkins class cruisers (1917)
British D class cruisers (1918)
Enterprise class cruisers (1919)
HMS Adventure (1924)
County class cruisers (1926)
York class cruisers (1929)
Surrey class cruisers (project)
Leander class cruisers (1931)
Arethusa class cruisers (1934)
Perth class cruisers (1934)
Town class cruisers (1936)
Dido class cruisers (1939)
Abdiel class cruisers (1939)
Fiji class cruisers (1941)
Bellona class cruisers (1942)
Swiftsure class cruisers (1943)
Tiger class cruisers (1944)

WW2 British Aircraft Carriers
Courageous class aircraft carriers (1928)
HMS Ark Royal (1937)
HMS Eagle (1918)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Hermes (1919)
Illustrious class (1939)
HMS Indomitable (1940)
Implacable class (1942)
Malta class (project)
HMS Unicorn (1941)
Colossus class (1943)
Majestic class (1944)
Centaur class (started 1944)

HMS Archer (1939)
HMS Argus (1917)
Avenger class (1940)
Attacker class (1941)
HMS Audacity (1941)
HMS Activity (1941)
HMS Pretoria Castle (1941)
Ameer class (1942)
Merchant Aircraft Carriers (1942)
Vindex class (1943)

WW2 British Destroyers
Shakespeare class (1917)
Scott class (1818)
V class (1917)
S class (1918)
W class (1918)
A/B class (1926)
C/D class (1931)
G/H/I class (1935)
Tribal class (1937)
J/K/N class (1938)
Hunt class DE (1939)
L/M class (1940)
O/P class (1942)
Q/R class (1942)
S/T/U//V/W class (1942)
Z/ca class (1943)
Ch/Co/Cr class (1944)
Battle class (1945)
Weapon class (1945)

WW2 British submarines
L9 class (1918)
HMS X1 (1923)
Oberon class (1926)
Parthian class (1929)
Rainbow class (1930)
Thames class (1932)
Swordfish class (1932)
HMS Porpoise (1932)
Grampus class (1935)
Shark class (1934)
Triton class (1937)
Undine class (1937)
U class (1940)
S class (1941)
T class (1941)
X-Craft midget (1942)
A class (1944)

WW2 British Amphibious Ships and Landing Crafts
LSI(L) class
LSI(M/S) class
LSI(H) class
LSS class
LSG class
LSC class
Boxer class LST

LST(2) class
LST(3) class
LSH(L) class
LSF classes (all)
LCI(S) class
LCS(L2) class
LCT(I) class
LCT(2) class
LCT(R) class
LCT(3) class
LCT(4) class
LCT(8) class
LCT(4) class
LCG(L)(4) class
LCG(M)(1) class

British ww2 Landing Crafts
LCA
LCP
LCM

WW2 British MTB/gunboats.
WW2 British MTBs
MTB-1 class (1936)
MTB-24 class (1939)
MTB-41 class (1940)
MTB-424 class (1944)
MTB-601 class (1942)
MA/SB class (1938)
MTB-412 class (1942)
MGB 6 class (1939)
MGB-47 class (1940)
MGB 321 (1941)
MGB 501 class (1942)
MGB 511 class (1944)
MGB 601 class (1942)
MGB 2001 class (1943)

WW2 British Gunboats

Denny class (1941)
Fairmile A (1940)
Fairmile B (1940)
HDML class (1940)

WW2 British Sloops
Bridgewater class (2090)
Hastings class (1930)
Shoreham class (1930)
Grimsby class (1934)
Bittern class (1937)
Egret class (1938)
Black Swan class (1939)

WW2 British Frigates
River class (1943)
Loch class (1944)
Bay class (1944)

WW2 British Corvettes
Kingfisher class (1935)
Shearwater class (1939)
Flower class (1940)
Mod. Flower class (1942)
Castle class (1943)

WW2 British Misc.
WW2 British Monitors
Roberts class monitors (1941)
Halcyon class minesweepers (1933)
Bangor class minesweepers (1940)
Bathurst class minesweepers (1940)
Algerine class minesweepers (1941)
Motor Minesweepers (1937)
ww2 British ASW trawlers
Basset class trawlers (1935)
Tree class trawlers (1939)
HMS Albatross seaplane carrier
WW2 British river gunboats

HMS Guardian netlayer
HMS Protector netlayer
HMS Plover coastal mines.
Medway class sub depot ships
HMS Resource fleet repair
HMS Woolwhich DD depot ship
HMS Tyne DD depot ship
Maidstone class sub depot ships
HmS Adamant sub depot ship

Athene class aircraft transport
British ww2 AMCs
British ww2 OBVs
British ww2 ABVs
British ww2 Convoy Escorts
British ww2 APVs
British ww2 SSVs
British ww2 SGAVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Mines.
British ww2 CAAAVs
British ww2 Paddle Mines.
British ww2 MDVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Minelayers
British ww2 armed yachts

✙ Axis ww2 Fleets

Japan ww2 Imperial Japanese Navy
WW2 Japanese Battleships
Kongō class Fast Battleships (1912)
Fuso class battleships (1915)
Ise class battleships (1917)
Nagato class Battleships (1919)
Yamato class Battleships (1941)
B41 class Battleships (project)

WW2 Japanese cruisers
Tenryū class cruisers (1918)
Kuma class cruisers (1919)
Nagara class (1920)
Sendai class Cruisers (1923)
IJN Yūbari (1923)
Furutaka class Cruisers (1925)
Aoba class heavy cruisers (1926)
Nachi class Cruisers (1927)
Takao class cruisers (1930)
Mogami class cruisers (1932)
Tone class cruisers (1937)
Katori class cruisers (1939)
Agano class cruisers (1941)
Oyodo (1943)

Seaplane & Aircraft Carriers
Hōshō (1921)
IJN Akagi (1925)
IJN Kaga (1927)
IJN Ryujo (1931)
IJN Soryu (1935)
IJN Hiryu (1937)
Shokaku class (1937)
Zuiho class (1936) comp.40
Ruyho (1933) comp.42
Junyo class (1941)
IJN Taiho (1943)
Chitose class (comp. 1943)
IJN Shinano (1944)
Unryu class (1944)
IJN Ibuki (1942)

Taiyo class (1940)
IJN Kaiyo (1938)
IJN Shinyo (1934)

Notoro (1920)
Kamoi (1922)
Chitose class (1936)
Mizuho (1938)
Nisshin (1939)

IJN Aux. Seaplane tenders
Akistushima (1941)
Shimane Maru class (1944)
Yamashiro Maru class (1944)

Imperial Japanese Navy Aviation

WW2 Japanese Destroyers
Mutsuki class (1925)
Fubuki class (1927)
Akatsuki class (1932)
Hatsuharu class (1932)
Shiratsuyu class (1935)
Asashio class (1936)
Kagero class (1938)
Yugumo class (1941)
Akitsuki class (1941)
IJN Shimakaze (1942)

WW2 Japanese Submarines
KD1 class (1921)
Koryu class
Kaiten class
Kairyu class
IJN Midget subs

WW2 Japanese Amphibious ships/Crafts
Shinshu Maru class (1935)
Akistu Maru class (1941)
Kumano Maru class (1944)
SS class LS (1942)
T1 class LS (1944)
T101 class LS (1944)
T103 class LS (1944)
Shohatsu class LC (1941)
Chuhatsu class LC (1942)
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