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    Yokota Airfield (Tama, Fussa, Yokota AFB) Tokyo Japan

Location
Lat 35°44′55″N Long 139°20′55″E  Located near Tokyo. During World War II, known as "Tama Airfield" to the Japanese.

Construction
Built during 1940 by the Japanese Army as a flight testing center and evaluation department and maintenance division for the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF).

Wartime History
During November 1944, a photographic reconnaissance F-13 Superfortress photographed the airfield, mistakenly identifying it as associated with the nearby Musashino-Nakajima aircraft manufacturing plant. During the spring of 1945, B-29 Superfortresses bombed the nearby factories but this location was never directly targeted. During 1945, test aircraft and pilots flew interception missions against American aircraft.

Postwar
After the surrender of Japan, on September 4, 1945, the airfield was occupied by a detachment from the US Army, 1st Cavalry Division, who named the location "Fussa Army Airfield" or "Fussa Airfield". By the end of the month, renamed "Yokota Army Airfield" for the nearby town.

Yokota became an important logistical base operating C-47 and C-46 aircraft. The runway was so heavily used, it became unservicable. Repaired, Yokota based medium bombers and fighters. During the Korean War, used by USAF fighters, B-29 bombers and reconnaissance aircraft and was an important logistic base during the Vietnam War.

USAAF units based at Yokota (1945-1950)
2nd Combat Cargo Group (C-46, C-47) ? - Dec 1945 to Atsugi
20th Combat Mapping Group (F-7) October 1945 - April 1946
8th Reconnaissance Group (F-7) June 1946 - October 1947
71st Reconnaissance Group February 1947 - April 1949
6th Night Fighter Squadron (P-61) 1946–47
3d Emergency Rescue Squadron (SB-17G) July 1947 - April 1950
US Army, Pacific Air Command September 1945 - January 1947
USAF units based at Yokota (1950-1954)
27th Fighter-Escort Wing (F-84E) November - December 1950
35th Fighter-Interceptor Wing (F-80) April - August 1950
41st FS (P-51, F-86) Irumagawa March 25, 1950 - August 13, 1954 to Anderson
339th Fighter-All Weather Squadron (F-82) April - August 1950
92nd Bombardment Group, 325th Bombardment Squadron (B-29) July - October 1950
92nd Bombardment Group, 326th Bombardment Squadrons (B-29) July - October 1950
92nd Bombardment Group, 327th Bombardment Squadrons (B-29) July - October 1950
98th Bombardment Wing (B-29) Spokane / Fairchild (B-29) August 1950 - July 1954
31st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, July–August 1950
91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, (SB-29) December 1950 - December 1954
512th Bombardment Squadron (WB-29) January - August 1950
421st Air Refueling Squadron (KB-29) 1953-1965
3rd Bombardment Wing (B-57) August 1948 - April 1950
USAF units based at Yokota (1954-present)
67th Reconnaissance Wing (RF-80, RF-84, RF-101) 1956–60
35th Fighter-Interceptor Wing 1954-1957
40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (F-102) December 1961 - May 1962|
6102nd Air Base Wing 1964
6144th Air Base Wing 1964
610th Military Airlift Support Squadron 1966–1978
6441st Tactical Fighter Wing January 1964 - January 1968
347th Fighter Wing January 1968 - May 1971
475th Air Base Wing November 1971 - April 1992
5th Air Force, HQ Fuchu November 11, 1974
345th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130E) 1975
556th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
1956th Communications Group/Information Systems Group
20th Operational Weather Squadron
30th Airlift Squadron

Today
Remains in use today. The main concrete surfaced runway measures 11,001'. Airport Codes: IATA: OKO – ICAO: RJTY. During 2005, the Japanese government announced that the headquarters of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force would be moved to Yokota. Used during relief efforts for the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and disaster recovery efforts.

Ki-61 Tony Manufacture Number 61217
Displayed until 1969, then moved to Chairan Kamikaze Museum

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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