Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Sentai in Japanese language is a word for a military unit and may be literally translated as squadron", "task force", "group" or "wing". The terms "regiment" and "flotilla", while sometimes used as translations of Sentai, are also used to refer to larger formations. It is perhaps best known as a term used during World War II by the military of the Empire of Japan, for Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) and Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) military aviation units equivalent to a group or wing in other air forces. However, the term had slightly different meanings in the IJAAF and the IJNAS. An IJAAF Sentai was made up of two to four squadrons (chutai). In the IJAAF, two or more Sentai comprised a hikodan (air brigade). In the later stages of World War II, the IJAAF abolished chutai and divided its sentai into hikotai (flying units) and seibutai (maintenance units). A sentai commander (sentaicho) was generally a Lieutenant Colonel."
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