Shiden Kai (343 Air Group) 301st Fighter Squadron
No.263 紫電改(三四三空) 戦闘301
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Effects: AA+11 Armor+2 Anti-Bomber+2 Interception+4
Combat Radius: 4 (Deployment Cost: Bauxite 6)
Scrap value: Fuel 2 Ammo 4 Bauxite 8 (Unbuildable)

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Refittable Class
Coastal Defense Ship Destroyer
Light Cruiser Torpedo Cruiser
Heavy Cruiser Training Cruiser
Aviation Cruiser Fast Battleship
Battleship Aviation Battleship
Light Carrier Standard Aircraft Carrier
Armored Carrier Seaplane Tender
Submarine Aircraft Carrying Submarine
Submarine Tender Fleet Oiler
Repair Ship Amphibious Assault Ship

Introduction

本土防空の切り札、局地戦闘機「紫電改」。同機が集中配備された三四三空。四国松山に展開した同戦闘飛行隊の一つ、精強な紫電改戦闘機隊、戦闘301。優れた空中指揮官である菅野隊長の率いる同隊は、苦しい戦局の中、日本の空を守るために戦いました。

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Notes

Unbuildable

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Trivia

The most distinguished and famous air group from Japan, the 343 Air Group was the second generation air group reformed by naval air strategist Commander Minoru Genda in a last ditch effort to repel the overwhelming USN air power advancing towards the Japanese mainland. An alternative to Kamikaze suicide tactics, Genda believed that with the help of Shiden Kai and his collection of expert pilots, they could train new recruits and develop new strategies to combat F6F, Corsair and Mustang fighters, a significantly difficult task because the skilled/trainee ratio was heavily skewed. Reformed on Christmas Day 1944 at Matsuyama, the air group was divided into 3 main squads, the 301, 407 and 701st Squadrons along with the 4th Recon Squadron, which were tasked to defend Shikoku, Kyushu, Kobe and Kure from the dangerously close P-51 Mustangs stationed at Iwo Jima, carrier aircraft and B-29 raids.

With the reformation of the 343 Air Group came major improvements to communication like significantly better radios on the Shiden Kai which were very poor or absent on Zero fighters, effective scouting and intel gathering from Saiun recon squadrons while relaying constant information to air and ground commanders which allowed for swift changes and tweaks to formations or tactics, which could not be done nearly as good before 1944 and develop new fighter strategies to combat the Allies. The difference could be seen in several engagements with the USN where some American pilots underestimated the 343rd and were shaken by the aggressiveness and cooperation from the pilots. By April 1945, they also started intercepting B-29 Superfortress raids that were intensifying, stretching thin the air group even more. After the nuclear bombings, the squadron swore to shoot down every single B-29 to make sure a third bomb did not strike Japan again despite being grounded by the lack of fuel.

When it came time to assemble his fighter team, Lt. Naoshi Kanno was the first man Genda thought of for his outstanding record of 30+ kills by late 1944 after just starting flying in 1943, showing he was exposed to very intensive air combat, perfect for the job. After seeing a great deal of frontline action, he wanted to volunteer for the Kamikaze strike units too but being recognized as an invaluable teacher and pilot, he was denied permission. So instead of Kamikaze attacks, what the 343rd and his deteriorating squadron did was to clear the path for Kamikaze planes and continued doing defense missions, eventually starting to intercepting B-29s too. On August 1st, Kanno was killed by an ammo-belt explosion while intercepting a B-24. Even after suffering overwhelming losses, the air group remained in high spirits knowing that they were part of the best Japan had to offer, creating songs and forming friendships celebrating their air group. For the 150 days of activity, the air group managed to score an impressive 170+ kills against all the odds. They were disbanded on August 14th on the day of surrender.

  • This is the Second Generation of the 343rd Naval Air Group, also known as the Tsurugi Butai (剣部隊 Sword Corps) and Genda Circus. Though inappropriate, the 301st Squadron chose to name themselves the Shinsen-Gumi but Genda encouraged the behavior to raise morale
  • Allied advance and severed access to the Imperial General Headquarters meant that fuel was strictly limited. It was said that the squadron only had enough fuel for 2 more missions on the last week of the war, some pilots on their free time had to make pine oil just to fly another day.
  • The 343 Air Group managed to face off against almost every single USN aircraft in active duty besides the P-38 Lightning.
  • Kanno was nicknamed "Bulldog" and "Yellow Fighter" for developing a tactic in shooting down B-29s that was a high risk maneuver with a high collision chance if not done properly, also "Destroyer" for his sometimes wreckless flying. In fact, no instructor or partner wanted to mock dogfight with Kanno because of his overly aggressive flying.
  • The former base of the 343rd Air Group is now the Matsuyama Airport in Ehime, Japan.
  • Much like the fairy, Kanno is portrayed as rough and tough person in other media like Kanno Naoe from Brave Witches and Naoshi Kanno from Drifters despite being much more calm in real life. The trait probably comes from his aggressive flying.
  • Kanno was almost not accepted into the military for being too short.
  • An authentic Shiden Kai from the 343 Air Group survives today on display in Shikoku. Found ditched in the 70s, it is unknown if the plane belonged to ace Kaneyoshi Muto or commander of the 701st squadron, Takashi Oshibuchi.

See also

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Main Gun Small QF 4.7inch Mk.XII Kai · 12cm Single (Kai 2· 120mm/50 Twin · 12.7cm Single · 12.7cm Twin (Model A (Kai 2· Model B · Model C · Model D (Kai 3)) · 130mm B-13 Twin
AA 10cm Twin HA · 12cm Single HA · 12.7cm HA LM (Single · Twin· 12.7cm HA K2 (Single · Twin· 5inch Single Mk.30 (Kai)
AAFD 10cm Twin HA + AAFD · 12.7cm Twin Model A Kai 3 + AAFD · 12.7cm Twin Model B Kai 4 + AAFD · 5inch Single Mk.30 Kai + GFCS Mk.37
Medium 14cm Single · 14cm Twin (Kai· Bofors (15cm Twin 1938 (Kai· 15.2cm Twin 1930· 15.2cm Twin (Kai· 152mm/55 Triple (Kai· 6inch Twin Mk.16 (mod.2· 6inch Twin Mk.XXI · 15.5cm Triple (Kai· 20.3cm Twin ((No.2) · (No.3)· SKC34 20.3cm Twin · 203mm/53 Twin · 8inch Triple Mk.9 (mod.2)
AAFD 5inch Twin DP (+ GFCS Mk.37)
Large 30.5cm Triple (Kai· 35.6cm Twin (Dazzle Camo · Kai · Kai 2· Proto 35.6cm Triple (Kai Dazzle Camo) · 38cm Twin (Kai· 38cm Quad (Kai· 381mm/50 Triple (Kai· 38.1cm Twin (/N Kai· 41cm Twin (Kai 2· 41cm Triple Kai (Proto 41cm · Kai 2· 46cm Triple (Proto 46cm · Kai)
16inch

16inch Twin (Mk.I · Mk.V · Mk.VIII Kai· 16inch Triple Mk.6 (mod.2 · + GFCS· 16inch Triple Mk.7 (+ GFCS)
16inch Mk.I Triple (+ AFCT Kai · + FCR Type 284)

Large (II) 51cm Twin (Prototype)
Secondary Gun 15cm Twin · 15.2cm Single · OTO 152mm Triple · 15.2cm Triple · 15.5cm Triple (Kai)
AA 8cm Twin HA (Kai + Add. Machine Guns· 10cm Twin HA (Carriage) · 10.5cm Twin · 12.7cm Twin HA · 5inch Single HA
AAFD 90mm Single HA · 10cm Twin HA Kai + Add. Machine Guns · 12.7cm HA + AAFD · 5inch Twin Mk.28 mod.2
Anti-Air Machine Gun 7.7mm · 12.7mm Single · 2cm Flakvierling 38 · 25mm Single (Twin · Triple· 3.7cm FlaK M42 · Bi Type 40mm Twin · 12cm 30-tube Rocket Launcher (Kai 2· 20-tube 7inch UP Rocket Launchers
C.D. 25mm Triple (Concentrated Deployment) · Bofors 40mm Quad · QF 2-pounder Octo
Fire Director Type 91 Anti-Aircraft Fire Director · Type 94 Anti-Aircraft Fire Director
Torpedo Weapon Torpedo 53cm Twin · 53cm Oxygen Bow · 533mm Triple · 533mm Quint (Initial Model · Late Model· 61cm (Triple · Quad· 61cm Oxygen (Triple (Late Model· Quad (Late Model· Quint · Proto Sext)
Sub Submarine 53cm Bow (8 tubes) · Prototype FaT Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo Kai · Late Model Bow Torpedo Mount (6 tubes) (+ Skilled Sonar Personnel· Late Model 53cm Bow Torpedo Mount (8 tubes)
Midget Sub Kouhyouteki (Type A · Type C · Type D)
Carrier-based Aircraft Fighter Type 96 Fighter (Kai· Zero (Model 21 (Skilled · Iwamoto· Model 32 (Skilled· Model 52 (Skilled · 52A Iwamoto · 52C 601 · 52C Iwai· Model 53 (Iwamoto)) · Shiden (Kai 2 · Kai 4· Reppuu (Proto Late Model · Model 11 · 601 · Kai (Prototype) · Kai 2 (CarDiv 1/Skilled)) · Shinden Kai
Foreign

German: Bf 109T Kai · Focke-Wulf (Fw 190T Kai · Fw 190 A-5 Kai)
Italian: Reggiane (Re.2001 OR Kai · Re.2005 Kai)
American: Wildcat (F4F-3 · F4F-4· Hellcat (F6F-3  · F6F-5)  · XF5U
British: Fulmar · Seafire Mk.III Kai

Night Reppuu Kai 2 Model E (CarDiv 1/Skilled· Hellcat (F6F-3N · F6F-5N)
Torpedo Bomber Type 97 (Skilled · 931 (931/Skilled· Tomonaga · Murata· Tenzan (931 · 601 · Model 12A · Model 12 Tomonaga · Model 12 Murata· Ryuusei (601 · Kai (CarDiv 1 · CarDiv 1/Skilled)) · Re.2001 G Kai · Swordfish (Mk.II · Mk.III· TBD · TBF
Night TBM-3D · Type 97 Kai Model E (Skilled· Tenzan Model 12A Kai (Skilled)
Dive Bomber Type 99 (Skilled · Egusa· Suisei (Model 12A (634 w/Cluster Bombs · w/ Photo Fuze Bombs· Model 22 (634 (634/Skilled)) · Egusa · 601· Type 0 Fighter-bomber (Model 62 (Iwai· Model 63· Prototype Nanzan · Ju 87C Kai (Kai 2 (Skilled)) · SBD · F4U-1D · FM-2 · Skua · Re.2001 CB Kai · SB2U
Recon Saiun (Eastern Caroline · 4th Recon Squad· Type 2 Recon · Prototype Keiun
Seaplane Flying Boat Type 2 Large Flying Boat · PBY-5A Catalina
Recon Type 0 Recon (Model 11B · (Skilled)) · Type 0 Observation · Shiun · Type 98 Night Recon · Ar196 Kai · Ro.43 Recon · OS2U · S9 Osprey · Swordfish Mk.II Kai (Recon) · Fairey Seafox
Bomber Zuiun (Model 12 (634)) · Kai 2 (634 (634/Skilled)) · 631 · 634 (634/Skilled)) · Seiran (Prototype Seiran · 631· Laté 298B · Swordfish (Seaplane) (Mk.III Kai (Skilled))
Fighter Ro.44 Seaplane Fighter (bis· Type 2 Seaplane Fighter Kai (Skilled· Kyoufuu Kai
Land-based Aircraft Attack Type 96 · Type 1 (Nonaka · Model 22A · Model 34· Ginga (Egusa)
Patrol Toukai (Prototype · 901)
Fighter Interceptor Raiden · Shiden (Model 11 · Model 21 (Kai (343) 301st Sq.)) · Reppuu Kai (352 Air Group/Skilled· Shuusui (Prototype)
IJA/Foreign Type 1 Fighter Hayabusa (Model II (64th Sq.· Model III A (54th Sq.)) · Type 3 Fighter Hien (244 · Model 1D· Type 4 Fighter Hayate · Spitfire (Mk.I · Mk.V · Mk.IX· Fw 190 D-9 · Me 163B
LBAA-IJA Bomb-carrying Type 1 Fighter Hayabusa Model III Kai (65th Squadron)
Recon Type 2 LB Recon (Skilled)
Jets Fighter-Bomber Jet Keiun Kai · Kikka Kai
Anti-submarine Warfare Patroller Ka Type Observation Autogyro · O Type Observation Autogyro Kai (Kai 2· S-51J (Kai· Type 3 Command Liaison Aircraft (ASW)
Depth Charge Projector Type 94 Depth Charge Projector · Type 3 Depth Charge Projector
Racks Type 95 Depth Charge · Type 2 Depth Charge
Other Type 3 Depth Charge Projector (Concentrated Deployment) · Type 2 12cm Mortar Kai (Concentrated Deployment· 15cm 9-tube ASW Rocket Launcher · RUR-4A Weapon Alpha Kai · Lightweight ASW Torpedo (Initial Test Model)
Sonar Type 93 Passive Sonar · Type 3 Active Sonar · Type 0 Passive Sonar · Type 4 Passive Sonar · ASDIC (Type124 ASDIC · Type144/147 ASDIC · HF/DF + Type144/147 ASDIC)
Shell Type 3 Shell (Kai· Type 91 Armor Piercing Shell · Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell (Kai)
Anti-Ground WG42 (Wurfgerät 42) · Type 4 20cm Anti-ground Rocket Launcher (Concentrated Deployment)
Amphibious and Transport Landing Craft Daihatsu Landing Craft ((Type 89 Medium Tank & Landing Force)· Toku Daihatsu Landing Craft (+ 11th Tank Regiment· M4A1 DD
Tank Special Type 2 Amphibious Tank
Drum Drum Canister (Transport Use)
Material Saiun (Disassembled for Transport)
Radar Small Air Type 13 Air Radar (Kai· SG Radar (Initial Model) · GFCS Mk.37
Large Air Type 21 Air Radar (Kai· Type 42 Air Radar · 15m Duplex Rangefinder + Type 21 Radar Kai 2 · FuMO25 Radar · SK Radar (+ SG)
Small Surface Type 22 Surface Radar (Kai 4 (Calibrated Late Model)) · Type 33 Surface Radar
Large Surface Type 32 Surface Radar (Kai)
Submarine Submarine Radar (& Waterproof Telescope · & Passive Radiolocator ((E27) · Late Model))
Engine Turbine Improved Kanhon Type Turbine
Boiler Enhanced Kanhon Type Boiler · New Model High Temperature High Pressure Boiler
Bulge Anti-torpedo Bulge (Medium · Large· New Kanhon Design (Medium · Large· Pugliese Underwater Protection Bulkhead · Arctic Camouflage (+ Arctic Equipment)
Night Battle Aid Searchlight · Type 96 150cm Searchlight · Star Shell
Support Item Emergency Repair Personnel (Repair Goddess· Combat Ration ((Special Onigiri) · Canned Saury· Underway Replenishment
Personnel and Facility Fleet Command Facility (Striking Force· Ship Repair Facility · Skilled Carrier-based Aircraft Maintenance Personnel · Night Operation Aviation Personnel (+ Skilled Deckhands· Skilled Lookouts
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