Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
 
    Kadena Airfield (Kadena AFB) Okinawa Prefecture Japan
Click For Enlargement
US Army August 1945
Location
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.

Construction
Built by the Japanese as a single runway oriented northeast to southwest with taxiways and revetments on each side.

Wartime History
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)
VMF-312 (F4U)
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

Postwar
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.

Today
Still in use today as Kadena Air Force Base (Kadena AFB) as a military airport with two runways. The first runway is oriented 23L / 05R 12,100' x 200' surfaced with concrete. The second runway is oriented 23R / 05L 12,100' x 300' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: RODN. IATA: DNA.

References
Kadena Air Force Base (Kadena AFB) offical webpage

Contribute Information
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
May 20, 2019

 

Map
Map 1944

Map
Map Fallingrain
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram