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Mitsubishi Ki-15. In a subsequent upgrade, the army also experimented with an even more powerful engine with 1,050 hp Mitsubishi 102 radial in the Ki-15-III which did not enter production. When production ended, approximately 500 examples of all versions of the Ki-15 had been built, the majority in front-line service when the Pacific War began. By 1943, the Ki-15 had been relegated to second-line roles, but numbers were expended in kamikaze attacks in the closing stages of World War II.
Mitsubishi, Ki-67, Hiryu "Flying Dragon". In the last stages of World War II, special attack versions of the Ki-67 (the I KAI and Sakura-dan models) were used in kamikaze missions. (References include information from Lt. Sgt. Seiji Moriyama, a crew member in Fugaku Special Attack Unit, who witnessed Ki-67's being converted into To-Gō suicide planes with two 800 kg/1,760 lb bombs during Okinawa operations.)