Located north of Kataoka in the southwest corner of Shumshu Island. To the west is Paramashuru Strait. Also known as Imaizaki Airfield or Kataoka Naval Base.
This base had
two runways 5,000' x 250' and 4,000' x 250'. The base had
a large 130' x 165' hanger with 13 covered ravetments and 34 uncovered
ravetments, three 60' oil storage tanksand other barracks and
supply buildings. The base also had a seaplane facility on the
harbor, allowing H6K2 Mavis flying boats to operate at the base.
Headquarters of the 5th Fleet.
Japanese units based at Kataoka
Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)
553 Kokutai "Hokuto Kokutai" (B5N Kate, B6N
203 Kokutai "Shumshu Detachment" (19 x A6M Zero, J1N1 Irving)
Hokkaido April 25, 44 - October 23, 45
Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF)
54th Air Regiment (4 x Ki-43, K-44)
American missions against Kataoka Airfield
August 11, 1943 - August 12, 1945
B5N Kate 5353 Tail 53-305
Recovered in 2003 by Daniel
A6M2 Model 21 Zero Tail
section / partial wings only. Recovered
by Daniel Hunt in 2003
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
February 4, 2018