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    Komaki Airfield (Kamake, Nagoya Airport)  Japan

Location
Located near Nagoya. During the war, known as "Komaki" or "Kamake". Today, "Nagoya Airport" or "Prefectural Nagoya Airport".

Construction
Built during 1944 and known as "Kamake Airfield" and used by the JAAF.

Japanese Units based at Komaki Airfield
55th Sentai (Ki-61)

American Missions Against Nagoya / Komaki / Kamake
April 18, 1942 - August 14, 1945

Postwar
Occupied by American forces, and known as Nagoya Air Base. Reconstruction of the heavily-damaged airfield began and in May 1946, Nagoya became the Headquarters of the Fifth Air Force, which controlled Air Force occupation units throughout Japan. In December 1950 during the Korean War, Fifth Air Force headquarters was moved to South Korea, however it returned to Nagoya Air Base in September 1954 and remained until July 1957 when it moved to Fuchu Air Station in Tokyo as part of the USAF return of Nagoya Airport to Japanese control.

Operational use from the airfield began in February 1947 when the 347th Fighter Group (All Weather) began operating P-61 Black Widow interceptor aircraft, which were used to provide air defense for Japan. It operated from the airfield until June 1950 when the Black Widows were retired and the unit was inactivated.

After the Armistice in South Korea which ended combat, the 49th Fighter Group moved to Nagoya Air Base with F-84 Thunderjets. The unit provided air defense until June 1957 when it moved to Misawa Air Base.

The 6110th Air Base Group, which had maintained the base and the myriad of ground support units at the base since the Americans moved in during 1946 began phasing down after July 1957. The 6110th USAF Hospital remained open until 30 June 1958 when the last Americans left Nagoya Airfield and it was returned to Japanese control.

Today
Nagoya Airport served as the main airport for Nagoya until the opening of Chubu Centrair International Airport on February 17, 2005. Airport code NGO. The Japan Self-Defense Forces shares the runway as a part of Japan Air Self-Defence Force Komaki Base

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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