Marushin MARS010 Imperial Japanese Army Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden "Jack" Interceptor - Lt. Susumu Ito, 302nd Squadron, 352 Kokotai, Atsugi, Tokyo, Japan, 1945 (1:48 Scale)
"We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable."
- Japanese Emperor Hirohito speaking to the Japanese people after the atomic bombings, August 1945
The Mitsubishi J2M "Raiden" ("Thunderbolt") was a single-engine, land-based fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. The Allied codename was "Jack".
The J2M was designed by Jiro Horikoshi, creator of the Mitsubishi A6M "Zero". It was strictly a local-defense interceptor intended to counter the threat of high-altitude bomber raids, and thus relied on speed, climb performance, and armament at the expense of maneuvrability. The J2M was a sleek but stubby craft with its oversized Mitsubishi Kasei engine buried behing a long cowling, cooled by an intake fan and connected to the propeller with a long extension shaft. Pilot visibility was poor. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 8-3/4 inches
Length: 8-1/4 inches
Release Date: October 2008
Historical Account: "Til the End" - On August 1st, 1945, while leading his men against B-24s over Yaku Island, one of Lieutenant Kanno's 20mm cannons blew up due to mechanical defect, leaving a large hole in his wing. He experienced difficulties in controlling his aircraft and his wingman, WO Mitsuo Hori, offered to stay with him. Kanno kept pointing at the bombers, and when Hori insisted on flying escort, Kanno glared at him and gestured again. The wingman reluctantly left and Kanno was never seen again.
Lt. Naoshi Kanno was elevated two ranks to commander and received a posthumous commendation. His bulldog tenacity, while admired by his CO, Captain Genda, worried his subordinates, with some of his men even considering him reckless and overrated. Indeed, of the four squadrons within the 343rd, Kanno's 301st suffered the heaviest casualties.