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Hello Mr. Sutton,

I found this link about the Japanese fortifications and airfields:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organization_of_Kita_and_Minami_Fortresses

I was unable to find out when the fortresses were built. Do you happen to know?

I am particularly interested in the airfields Kitanodai, Kashibawara, Myoshino, Suribachi, the Naval Airfield Musashi, the seaplane base Kataoka and Kakumabtsu airstrip. Had these already been built in June of 1942?

Again I am also looking for:
1.) Which air units were deployed there in early June of 1942?
2.) What planes were they flying?
3.) How many of each type of plane did they have?

I think this one will be a challenge for you!   = )

-Mark

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Greetings
Most of the fortifications were built just before and during World War 2.  The defenses were expanded during the war As the US took Island after Island.

Kitanodai
54th Sentai (Ki-43 Oscar) 18 in a squadron
Kashibawara
203 Air Group and North Sea Fleet; equipped with A6M5s and J1N1-S 18 aircraft per squadron
Miyoshino Airfield
A6m2s for the IJN and Ki-43 for the Japanese army.  About 18 aircraft per squadron
Suribachi
no airfield until 1943
Naval Airfield Musashi
A6M2s 18 aircraft

seaplane base Kataoka
H6K2 Mavis flying boats 6 to 12 could be serviced.

I hope this helps and Thank you

http://www.pacificwrecks.com/airfields/russia/kitanodai/index.html  

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