American missions against Atsugi Airfield
April 19, 1945 - August 30, 1945
April 19, 1945
P-51s fly a fighter sweep
May 17, 1945
Fighters fly 41 effective
strike sorties against Atsugi pilots claim 10 parked aircraft destroyed.
August 7, 1945
(7th AF) P-51s attack
August 28, 1945
(7th AF) 7th
AACS Wing, received orders to fly into Atsugi Airfield and set up
the communications equipment necessary to guide in the first contingent of
occupation troops. Colonel Blake and his AACS men, part of
a 150 man task force, flew from Okinawa to Atsugi with 24 C-47 aircraft laden
with equipment. In order to carry as much equipment as possible, the load was
lightened by carrying only enough fuel to reach Atsugi.
August 30, 1945
(US Army) The occupation of Japan in force begins when the 11th Airborne Division
is flown to Atsugi Airfield. On
this day, Atsugi was the busiest airport in the world.