Kataoka is located on the southwest coast of Shumshu Island in the Kurlie Islands (Kuril). To the west is Paramashuru Strait and Kataoka Harbor. To the northeast is Bettobi. Also known as Kataoka Naval Base.
The Japanese developed the area into Kataoka Naval Base, including the Kataoka Fortress and Kataoka Airfield.
During early June 1942, Kataoka Harbor was used as staging area for
the Japanese Navy invasion force bound for the Aleutians.
American missions against Kataoka
August 11, 1943 - August 12, 1945
During August 1945, occupied by the Soviet Army and renamed Bajkovo or Байково. area for
the Japanese invasion force bound for the Aleutians.
Kataoka Airfield (No. 1 Shumshu, Imaizaki Airfield)
Japanese airfield, seaplane base and Headquarters 5th Fleet
Nine fortified installations and twenty coastal defenses positions commanded from Kataoka Fortress. Japanese Army forces based here included. 3th Infantry Brigade (Major General Iwao Zugino), 282nd Battalion, 283rd Battalion, 284th Battalion, 285th Battalion, 286th Battalion, 287th Battalion, 91th Division, 1st & 2nd Artillery Unit. Supporting them was the 11th Tank Regiment commanded by Col Zueo Ikeda equipped with 20 x Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha tanks, 19 Type 97 Chi-Ha tanks and 25 Type 95 Ha-Go Light tanks.
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April 4, 2019