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    Chofu Airfield  Japan

Location
Lat 35° 40' 18N Long 139° 31' 41E  Chofu Airfield is located to the west of Tokyo in the Kantō Region on Honshū Island in Japan. In Japanese spelled Chōfu Hikōjō. The U. S. referred to this location as Chofu Airfield.

Construction
During 1938, the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) planned to build an airfield at this location. Construction began in 1939 and was opened by 1941 with two runways: the first 1000 meters in length and the second 675 meters in length. By 1944, the runways were expanded to 4,500' and 4,200'. The Japanese also built concrete hangers were added to the airfield to protect parked aircraft.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF).

American missions against Chofu Airfield
July 8, 1945–August 7, 1945

Postwar
During late September 1945 occupied by the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) and based both the 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG) and 71st Reconnaissance Group both operating the F-5 Lightning photo-reconnaissance aircraft to map wartime damage in Japan until January 1946. Afterwards, turned over to the occupation government and later returned to Japanese control.

Today
Still in use today as Chofu Airport. Airport code: ICAO: RJTF. Used by a variety of aviation companies including Aerotec, Jamco, JAXA, Toho Air Service, Tokyo Airlines and New Central Airservice. Today, two of the 1944 concrete hangers are preserved at a nearby park.

References
Survey of Japanese Airfields in the Empire Area. CinCPac-CinCPOA Sept. 1944

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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