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Specification Nakajima Ki-49-IIa Donryu Type: seven/eight-seat medium bomber Powerplant: two l,450-hp(1081-kW) Nakajima Ha-109 (Army Type 2) radial piston engines Performance: maximum speed 492 km/h (306 mph) at 5000 m (16,405 ft); cruising speed 350 km/h (217 mph); climb to 5000 m (16,405 ft) in 311 JAPAN Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu Fortunately for the Allies in the latter stages of the Pacific war, comparatively few of the formidable Mitsubishi Ki67 Hiryu (flying dragon) medium bombers and torpedo-bombers, codenamed 'Peggy' by air intelligence, were encountered in action.

M. Petlyakov's VI-100 pressurized high-altitude twin-engined interceptor, which displayed a phenomenal top speed of 623 km/h (387 mph) at 10000 m (32,810 ft), had a crew of two and was powered by 1,100-hp (820kW) M-105R V-12 engines. The VI-100 first uew on 7 May 1939. With the approach of war in Europe the V-VS made urgent requests for divebomber aircraft, and to this end the design bureau adapted the VI-100 fighter by removing the TK-3 highaltitude turbo-chargers, fitting standard M-105R engines, lattice type dive-brakes, and giving the tailplane pronounced dihedral to increase stability.

By the time of the Balkans campaign m April 1941, Do 17Z-2s served only with KG 2 and HI/KG 3, but continued m service m the fighting over Greece and Crete during the summer, After serving with gréa t success in the Spanish Civil War, the next action for the DornierDo 17 was during the attack on Poland in 1939, where this example is seen. Operating virtually unopposed, the Do 17s made many devastating low-level attacks on military installa lions. 314 before taking part m the Soviet campaign. Export versions saw service with the air forces of Finland and Yugoslavia.

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