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.
Built by Japanese as a military airfield.
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,
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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January 9, 2018