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    Chiran Airfield Kagoshima Prefecture Japan

Location
Chiran Airfield is located in Kagoshima Prefecture at the southern tip of Kyūshū Island in Japan. To the northeast is Kagoshima. To the east is Kagoshima Bay. To the southeast is Ibusuki. To the north is Ichiki.

Construction
Built by Japanese as a military airfield.

Wartime History
In 1942, the Tachiarai Joint Service Flight School was established in Chiran for pilot training.  In mid-1944 the airfield became the base for special attack (Kamikaze) training and missions for attacks against Americans forces at Okinawa, 1,036 Kamikaze pilots took off from Chiran, Bansei, Miyakonoja and other airfields, plus 8th Flight Division on Taiwan and Giretsu Airborne Division. The toll was 56 American ships sunk, 107 crippled and 300 seriously damaged. 439 Kamikazie pilots were killed.

American missions against Chiran
May 5 - August 7, 1945

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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April 16, 1945
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