Photos & Drawings
|Wing span, m||24.00|
|Wing area, m²||63.30|
|2 × PE Hakajima Kotobuki||42 ore 43|
|Power, hp||2 × 710|
|Maximum speed, km/h||315|
|Cruising speed, km/h||220|
|Maximum rate of climb, m/min||270|
|Service ceiling, m||6,780|
|Service range, km||2,150|
Armament. One 7.7 mm type 92 machine gun in the bow and middle of the boat; up to two 250 kg bombs.
Aichi Type 2 H9A flying boats began entering service in early 1943. All produced flying boats of this type were delivered to the training center of the specially created Takuma kokutai on June 1, 1943, in the town of Niihama near Kure.
The training Takuma kokutai was formed specifically for training seaplane crews. From 1943 to September 1944, Takuma kokutai lived a quiet life as a training unit, regularly releasing hundreds of combatant naval pilots, navigators and gunners. In September 1944, when the war came close to the shores of the metropolis, the Takuma kokutai underwent a reorganization, merging with the remnants of the Yokohama kokutai, armed with Kawanishi H8K "Emily" flying boats and Aichi E13A "Jake" float reconnaissance boats. On the basis of this unit, it was decided to form a combat unit, which became the largest seaplane base in Japan. Since the fall of 1944, the main functions of the unit were preparatory work for the defense of "home territory" with sorties on combat patrols. The few N9A flying boats did not stand aside, since the possibility of suspending a pair of 250-kg bombs in it was originally laid.
Since February 1945, "Special Attacks" units have been formed at the Takuma kokutai base to counter the Allied invasion of Okinawa. In particular, a special kamikaze squadron "Kotohira Suishin" was formed, equipped with seaplanes. In April 1945, in four suicide attacks on the American invasion fleet off Okinawa, almost the entire Takuma kokutai was destroyed. It is rather difficult to isolate the successes of low-speed seaplanes and flying boats from several dozen hits on allied ships. The allies did not particularly bother themselves with identifying the type of attacking kamikaze, and from the Japanese side, for obvious reasons, there was, as a rule, no one to tell about the successes. Most likely, the vast majority of Takuma kokutai seaplanes were shot down by American fighters, preventing them from even approaching their fleet. In these attacks, at least 20 flying boats Aichi H9A were killed. The surviving flying boats of this type were scattered along the Japanese coast at the end of the war. One of them was discovered at Omura Air Base. Six wrecked flying boats Aichi N9A were found near Kagoshima, about. Kyushu, two of which were numbered T-25 (see photo above) and T-53 were in acceptable condition and were captured by the Americans after Japan's surrender. The presence of this type of flying boat as part of the Japanese naval aviation until this moment was a secret for the Allies, therefore it was the only Japanese serial aircraft that did not receive a traditional codename from the Allies. The flying boats were thoroughly studied by the winners, but they did not arouse interest and ended their lives at the dump of captured Japanese aircraft in Sasebo.