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601st Naval Air Group
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Nakajima B6N1 "12-382", Spring in 1944.
Active February 15, 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, bomber, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance
Size 225 aircraft (initial)
Part of 3rd Fleet
1st Carrier Division
3rd Air Fleet
Garrison/HQ Atsugi, Japan
Seletar, Singapore
Aircraft carrier Taihō
Katori, Japan
Hyakuri, Japan
Kokubu, Japan
Aircraft flown A6M Type 0 "Zeke"
N1K1-J Shiden "George"
D4Y Suisei "Judy"
B6N Tenzan "Jill"
Engagements

World War II

Insignia
Identification
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Until 9 July 1944
311 or 11; Aircraft carrier Taihō
312 or 12; Aircraft carrier Zuikaku
313 or 13; Aircraft carrier Shōkaku
Identification
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And after 10 July 1944
601

The 601st Naval Air Group (第六〇一海軍航空隊 Dai Roku-Maru-Hito Kaigun Kōkūtai?) was a carrier air group (later converted to airbase garrison unit) of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Pacific campaign of World War II.

Structure[edit | edit source]

  • Lower unit
    • 161st Fighter Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
    • 162nd Fighter Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
    • 308th Fighter Squadron (20 February 1945–postwar.)
    • 310th Fighter Squadron (20 February 1945–postwar.)
    • 402nd Fighter Squadron (5 March 1945–20 April 1945)
    • 1st Attack Squadron (20 February 1945–postwar.)
    • 161st Attack Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
    • 254th Attack Squadron (20 February 1945–5 March 1945)
    • 262nd Attack Squadron (10 July 1944–14 November 1944)
    • 61st Reconnaissance Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
  • Commanding officers
    • Commander Toshiie Irisa (15 February 1944–KIA 19 June 1944, posthumously promoted to Rear-Admiral on same day.)
      • Vacant post (20 June 1944–9 July 1944)
    • Captain Shōichi Suzuki (10 July 1944–14 February 1945)
    • Captain Toshikazu Sugiyama (15 February 1945–postwar.)

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Shin-Jinbutsuoraisha Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
    • Kingendaishi Hensankai, Military history of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Groups and Imperial Japanese Army Flying Regiments, 2001, ISBN 4-404-02945-4.
    • Rekishi Dokuhon, Document of the war No. 48 Overview of Imperial Japanese Navy Admirals, 1999, ISBN 4-404-02733-8.
  • 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.
  • Rekishi Gunzō, History of Pacific War, Gakken, Tōkyō, Japan.
  • Bunrin-Dō Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
    • Famous airplanes of the world No. 69, Navy Carrier Dive-Bomber "Suisei", 1998, ISBN 4-89319-066-0.
    • Koku-Fan Illustrated No. 42, Japanese Imperial Army & Navy Aircraft Color, Markig, 1988.
    • Koku-Fan Illustrated Special, Japanese Military Aircraft Illustrated Vol. 2, "Bombers", 1982.
  • Model Art, Model Art Co. Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
    • No. 406, Special issue Camouflage & Markings of Imperial Japanese Navy Bombers in W.W.II, 1993.
    • No. 458, Special issue Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force Suicide Attack Unit "Kamikaze", 1995.
    • No. 553, Special issue I.J.N. Carrier Attack Bomber, 2000.
  • Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (http://www.jacar.go.jp/english/index.html), National Archives of Japan, Tōkyō, 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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