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JAPAN - Iwakuni 27 Oct 2015 09:34 #1

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Hi,

Can anyone supply airfield information for the WW2 Japanese Naval Air Station, Iwakuni?

I am particularly interested in the runway length and width. I believe it was 02/20 QDM. 009° 189°

Many thanks

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JAPAN - Iwakuni 27 Oct 2015 12:12 #2

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The information below is sourced from:

United States Stratecic Bombing Survey (Pacific) - Report # 99

Evaluation of Photographic Intelligence in the Japanese Homeland

Part 2 - Airfields

Photographic Intelligence Section

Date of survey - 07 October 1945 through 15 March 1946

Published June 1946

CONFIDENTIAL

IWAKUNI

Reported Classification - MAD Medium Aerodrome

Actual Classification - MLG Medium Landing Ground

Reported size - 3000 x 3000 with SE extension for runway and SS (Seaplane Station)

1. Maximum Run 5600 x 950

2. Maximum Run 4100 x 200

Reported bearing - 1. NW/SE
2. E-W

Actual bearing (blank)

Reported surface - 1 Surfaced
2 Surfaced

Actual surface 1 Surfaced
2 Concrete

Field flooded at high tide. Photographic Intelligence material checked with Japanese document only.

If you (or any other member would like a copy of the report I will upload it to Dropbox and give you access which will require an e-mail address, so PM me as required.

EDIT The Runway 1 dimension of 3000 feet wide is probably a typo and should be 300 feet?

EDIT 2 No, the 'thousands' dimension appears against runways on other airfields. Perhaps an area runway?

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JAPAN - Iwakuni 27 Oct 2015 23:25 #3

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Many thanks PETER

An interesting, if a little vague, survey. I have two aerial photos over Iwakuni and yes there does seem to be two runways.

My research into the airfield, from a Fleet Air Arm perspective, can be found here for anyone who may be interested. A brief history will be added in the next few days. Awaiting permission to include the two photos.

Thank you for your help.

Tony Drury
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www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk

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