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    Kataoka Airfield (Imaizaki Airfield) Shumshu Island | Kurlie Islands (Chishima-Rettō) Russia

11th AF June 1944


circa 1980s


circa 2000

Location
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.

Construction
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.

Japanese Usage
Headquarters of the 5th Fleet.

Japanese units based at Kataoka
Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)

553 Kokutai "Hokuto Kokutai" (B5N Kate, B6N Jill)
203 Kokutai "Shumshu Detachment" (19 x A6M Zero, J1N1 Irving) Hokkaido April 25, 44 - October 23, 45 Japan
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 Hunt

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Tail 03-08
Center section / partial wings only. Recovered by Daniel Hunt in 2003

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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