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General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
4.4 tTake-off weight
0.33 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 800 mCeiling
Atsuta Atsuta 21Engine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
750 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gunWeapon 1
1 200 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Type 92 machine gunTurret
582 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 x 250 kg Navy Type Number 25 Model 2 bombSetup 1
1 x 500 kg Number Type 2 50 Model 1 GP(SAP) bombSetup 2
14 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 600 / 3 273/1 820 / 2 291/1 290 / 1 624Repair
16 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
480 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Japanese dive bomber D4Y1. For other versions, see D4Y2 and D4Y3 Ko.


GarageImage D4Y1.jpg

The D4Y1 is a rank II Japanese dive bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,750 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
520 509 9 800 23.9 24.5 5.6 5.6 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,750 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
589 552 9 800 22.2 23.0 14.4 9.3 300


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
480 ~15 ~11
Optimal velocities
< 350 < 400 < 430 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,500 m 970 hp 1,218 hp

Survivability and armour

The D4Y1 has no armour. Additionally, the fuel tanks are not self-sealing. There are 2 in each wing. The gunner is not covered, making him vulnerable to attacks from the rear.


Offensive armament

Main article: Type 97 navy (7.7 mm)

The D4Y1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Type 97 navy machine guns, nose-mounted (600 rpg = 1,200 total)

Suspended armament

The D4Y1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 1 x 250 kg Navy Type Number 25 Model 2 bomb (250 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg Number Type 2 50 Model 1 GP(SAP) bomb (500 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Type 92 navy (7.7 mm)

The D4Y1 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Type 92 navy machine gun, dorsal turret (582 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 7 mm 13 in (mod35)
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Nimble, can outturn certain enemy fighters


  • Very weak offensive armament
  • Exposed gunner
  • Defensive armament is largely useless at its BR


Nicknamed the the "Judy" by allied pilots, the D4Y1 at the beginning of the war was one the fastest planes in all of the Pacific.

The D4Y1 was a carrier based dive bomber. Powered by a 1,200 hp "Aichi AE1A Atsuta V12" engine. The D4Y1 was modeled after the German He 118 with the engine being modeled after the DB 601 which was used in the BF110. Due to the Japanese Navy requiring an extreme range for the aircraft, it was designed without any armor or self sealing fuel tanks to lighten the plane so it would use less fuel. The lack of armor and protection decreased the weight, making them extremely quick and nimble but fragile if taking enemy fire. Combined with the unreliable engine the D4Y1 would see many upgrades in the following models adjusting many of the flaws.

In 1943 with the introduction of the F6F Hellcat, the D4Y's became a sitting duck. Where as with the F4F Wildcat, the D4Y's could just outrun them, the F6F would catch them with ease. During the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot" a single F6F pilot Alexander Vraciu would shoot down 6 D4Y's within minutes. 400 Japanses planes would be shot down that day, but a D4Y did land a direct hit on the battleship USS South Dakota.

The D4Y's would become one of the most iconic planes the Japanese Military would use during World War 2.

Only a single complete D4Y1 survives today, located at the "Yasukuni Jinja Yūshūkan shrine" in Tokyo it can be seen completely restored.


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See also

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External links

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Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal (海軍航空技術廠 Kaigun Kōkū Gijutsu-shō)
Bombers  D4Y1 · D4Y2 · D4Y3 Ko
  P1Y1 mod. 11
Jet fighters  R2Y2 Kai V1 · R2Y2 Kai V2 · R2Y2 Kai V3
Captured  ␗P1Y1 mod. 11

Japan bombers
Carrier-based dive bomber 
D3A  D3A1
D4Y  D4Y1 · D4Y2 · D4Y3 Ko
Carrier-based attack bomber 
B5N  B5N2
B6N  B6N1 Model 11 · B6N2 Model 12 · B6N2a Model 12Ko
B7A  B7A2
Land-based Bomber 
P1Y  P1Y1 mod. 11
Land-based Attack bomber 
G4M  G4M1
G5N  G5N1
G8N  G8N1
Flying boat 
H6K  H6K4
H8K  H8K2 · H8K3
Shipboard Observation seaplane 
F1M  F1M2
Light  Ki-32
Medium  Ki-21-Ia · Ki-21-I hei
  Ki-49-I · Ki-49-IIa · Ki-49-IIb · Ki-49-IIb/L
  Ki-67-I Ko · Ki-67-I otsu
Other countries  ▅B-17E