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343rd Naval Air Group
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Kawanishi N1K2-J "343 A-15" of 301st Fighter Squadron/343rd Naval Air Group, Matsuyama air base, 10 April 1945.
Active January 1, 1944–July 10, 1944
December 25, 1944–postwar
Country Empire of Japan Empire of Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Branch Empire of Japan Imperial Japanese Navy
Type Naval aviation unit
Role Fighter, interceptor fighter
Size various
Part of First generation
1st Air Fleet
61st Air Flotilla
Second generation
25th Air Flotilla
3rd Air Fleet
5th Air Fleet
72nd Air Flotilla
Garrison/HQ First generation
Kagoshima, Japan
Tinian, Marianas
Peleliu, Palau
Second generation
Matsuyama, Japan
Kanoya, Japan
Kokubu, Japan
Ōmura, Japan
Nickname(s) First generation
Hayabusa Corps (隼部隊)
Second generation
Tsurugi Corps (剣部隊)
Aircraft flown A6M Type 0 "Zeke"
N1K1-J Shiden "George"
N1K2-J Shiden-Kai "George"
C6N1 Saiun "Myrt"
Engagements

World War II

Insignia
Identification
symbol
First generation
隼 (Hayabusa, used in Japan homeland)
43 (outside of Japan homeland)
Identification
symbol
Second generation
343 with squadron code
example; 343 A-xx (301st FS)

The 343rd Naval Air Group (第三四三海軍航空隊 Dai San-Yon-San Kaigun Kōkūtai?) was an aircraft and airbase garrison unit of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Pacific campaign of World War II. This article handles first generation and second generation.

First generation[]

Structure[]

  • Higher unit
    • 1st Air Fleet (1 January 1944–31 January 1944)
    • 61st Air Flotilla (1 February 1944–10 July 1944, dissolved.)
  • Commanding officers
    • Commander Masakatsu Takenaka (1 January 1944–10 July 1944, dissolved.)

Second generation[]

Reborn as interceptor fighter unit.

Structure[]

  • Higher unit
    • 25th Air Flotilla (25 December 1944–4 February 1945)
    • 3rd Air Fleet (5 February 1945–4 May 1945)
    • 5th Air Fleet (5 May 1945–24 May 1945)
    • 72nd Air Flotilla (25 May 1945–postwar.)
  • Lower unit
    • 301st Fighter Squadron (25 December 1944–postwar.)
    • 401st Fighter Squadron (5 February 1945–postwar.)
    • 402nd Fighter Squadron (5 February 1945–28 February 1945)
    • 407th Fighter Squadron (25 December 1944–postwar.)
    • 701st Fighter Squadron (25 December 1944–postwar.)
    • 4th Reconnaissance Squadron (1 February 1945–30 April 1945)
  • Commanding officers
    • Vacant post (25 December 1944–14 January 1945)
    • Captain Minoru Genda (15 January 1945–postwar.)
      • Captain Genda also served as commanding officer of the 352nd Naval Air Group, from 15 June 1945.

See also[]

Bibliography[]

  • Kingendaishi Hensankai, Military history of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Groups and Imperial Japanese Army Flying Regiments, Shin-Jinbutsuoraisha Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan, 2001, ISBN 4-404-02945-4.
  • The Japanese Modern Historical Manuscripts Association, Organizations, structures and personnel affairs of the Imperial Japanese Army & Navy, University of Tokyo Press, Tōkyō, Japan, 1971, ISBN 978-4-13-036009-8.
  • Seiki Sakamoto/Hideki Fukukawa, Encyclopedia of organizations of the Imperial Japanese Navy, K.K. Fuyo Shobo Shuppan, Tokyo, Japan, 2003, ISBN 4-8295-0330-0.
  • Bunrin-Dō Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
    • Famous airplanes of the world
    • Koku-Fan Illustrated No. 42, Japanese Imperial Army & Navy Aircraft Color, Marking, 1988.
  • Model Art, Model Art Co. Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
    • No. 510, Special issue Camouflage & Markings of the I.J.N. Fighters, 1998.
    • No. 587, Special issue Imperial Japanese Navy Fighter N1K1 Kyōfū, N1K1-J Shiden, N1K2-J Shidenkai, 2001.
  • Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (http://www.jacar.go.jp/english/index.html), National Archives of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.
    • Reference Code: C08051771200, Transition table of formation of Imperial Japan Navy Air Units (special establishment) during Pacific War, Japan Demobilization Agency, 1949.

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