Lat 35° 27' 0" N Long 139° 27' 0" E Atsugi Airfield is located roughly twenty miles southwest of Tokyo.
Built prewar as a military airfield with a single 5,000' runway with a parallel taxiway.
During the Pacific War, used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) fighters and bombers. During 1944-1945 Atsugi was an important airfield in the defense of the Tokyo area.
Japanese units based at Atusgi
203 Kokutai (A6M5 Zero)
302 Kokutai / Yokosuka Kokutai (J1N1 Irving, J2M3 Jack, N1K2, A6M5 Zero)
American missions against Atsugi
April 19, 1945–August 30, 1945
Occupied by the U. S. Army 7th Squadron Communications,
and the 11th Airborne Division. Days
after surrender, the three squadrons of the 49th FG in P-38s
arrived at the
airfield. Later, the US Navy also used the base.
Lt. General Robert L. Eichelberger landed at Atsugi on September 10, 1945:
[After landing at Atsugi Airbase] "This is the beachhead
where I was supposed to land. General MacArthur gave me this
area. I never expected to reach it in a plane without a shot
being fired at me."
Many Japanese aircraft were left abandoned or deralict at the
end of the war at this strip, including many J2M Jacks. In accordance with the terms of surrender, the propellers were removed from all aircraft.
Airfields in the Japanese Empire, Office of Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence. July 1945
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April 16, 2019