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US Army August 1945
Lat 26° 21' 20N Long 127° 46' 3E Kadena Airfield is at an elevation of 143' above sea level to the south of Kadena on the western coast of Okinawa in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan. To the northwest was Yontan Airfield.
Built by the Japanese as a single runway oriented northeast to southwest with taxiways and revetments on each side.
Kadena Airfield was used by the Japanese as a military airfield. The area was defended by light, medium and heavy anti-aircraft guns in airfield vicinity. Used until the April 1, 1945 American landing on Okinawa Island.
Once captured by U. S. forces, Kadena was immediately repaired and expanded into two parallel runways: the first 6,500' x 200' the second runway 7,500' x 200'.
By April 9, 1945 U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) F4U Corsairs were the first to operate at the repaired airfield. Used by Marine Air Group 33 (MAG-33) and Marine Air Group 14 (MAG-14) to support the Okinawa campaign flying interception missions and ground support missions. Later during July and August 1945, used by U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) aircraft until the end of the Pacific War.
American units based at Kadena
U. S. Marine Corps (USMC)
Marine Air Group 33 (MAG-33)
Marine Air Group 14 (MAG-14)
VMF-212 (F4U-4) Samar June 7, 1945 until the end of the Pacific War
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF)
(7th AF) HQ 319th BG, 437th, 439th and 440th BS (A-26s) from USA July 2, 1945 - ?
(7th AF) 319th BG, 438th BS (A-26s) from USA July 3, 1945 - ?
(8th AF) HQ 333d BG, HQ arrive August 5, 1945
(8th AF) 333rd BG, 435th BS arrive August 5, 1945
(8th AF) 333rd BG, 460th BS arrive August 5, 1945
(8th AF) 333rd BG, 507th BS arrive August 5, 1945
Kadena Airfield continued to be used by the U. S. Air Force (USAF) and renamed as Kadena Air Force Base (Kadena AFB). During 1952-1954 when Naha Air Base (Naha AB) was closed for repairs and refurbishment, flights used Kadena AFB instead.
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