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701st Naval Air Group
G4M-34s
Mitsubishi G4M1 R2-385 of 702nd Attack Squadron in September 1944.
Country Empire of Japan Empire of Japan
Branch Empire of Japan Imperial Japanese Navy
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service history
Active November 1, 1942 – Mach 15, 1943
February 20, 1944 – postwar.
Role Until 15 March 1943
Bomber, torpedo bomber
And after 20 February 1944
Fighter, bomber, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance
Size 48 aircraft (initial)
Part of 22nd Air Flotilla
51st Carrier Division
25th Air Flotilla
5th Air Fleet
Battles World War II
Commanders
Insignia
Insignia M (1942)
R2 (February 1944)
01 or 701 (November 1944)

The 701st Naval Air Group (第七〇一海軍航空隊 Dai Nana-Maru-Hito Kaigun Kōkūtai?) was an aircraft and airbase garrison unit of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Pacific campaign of World War II.

First generation (ex-Mihoro Naval Air Group)Edit

StructureEdit

Second Generation (ex-Toyohashi Naval Air Group)Edit

StructureEdit

  • Lower unit
    • 305th Fighter Squadron (20 March 1945–5 May 1945)
    • 311th Fighter Squadron (5 March 1945–24 May 1945)
    • 5th Attack Squadron (5 January 1945–9 February 1945)
    • 102nd Attack Squadron (1 October 1944–9 December 1944)
    • 103rd Attack Squadron (1 October 1944–postwar.)
    • 105th Attack Squadron (10 February 1945–postwar.)
    • 251st Attack Squadron (10 February 1945–19 April 1945)
    • 252nd Attack Squadron (1 October 1944–14 December 1944)
    • 256th Attack Squadron (1 January 1945–9 February 1945)
    • 406th Attack Squadron (25 January 1945–9 February 1945)
    • 702nd Attack Squadron (1 April 1944–9 October 1944)
    • 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron (15 November 1944–9 February 1945)

FootnotesEdit

  1. Heihachi Yoshitake, p. 134.
  2. Alumni Association of 705th Naval Air group, p. 61.

BibliographyEdit

  • 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.
  • Bunrin-Dō Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
    • Famous airplanes of the world
    • Koku-Fan Illustrated No. 42, Japanese Imperial Army & Navy Aircraft Color, Markig, 1988.
  • 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.
  • Heihachi Yoshitake (One of the members of the Mihoro Naval Air Group), Biography of the Mihoro Naval Air Group, K.K. Art Insatsu, Bihoro, Japan, 1982.
  • Alumni Association of the 705th Naval Air group, History of the 705th Naval Air Group, Sougo Insatsu Kougei K.K., Tokyo, Japan, 1985.
  • 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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