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    Kashiwabara Airfield (Severo-Kurilsk) Paramushir | Kurlie Islands (Chishima-Rettō) Russia
Location
Lat 50° 41' 0" N Long 156° 7' 0" E  Kashiwabara Airfield was located on the northeastern tip of Paramushir Island in the Kurlie Islands (Chishima-Rettō). Also known as Paramushir, Paramuschir, Severo-Kurilsk. Borders Kashiwabara Harbor to the east and beyond is Paramushir Strait and Shumshu Island. Prewar and during World War II, part of Japan. Postwar, part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Today located in Sakhalin Oblast in Russia.

Prewar
Kashiwabara was the site of the largest Ainu settlement on Paramushir Island.

Wartime History
Japanese wartime airfield, heavily defended by twenty anti-aircraft positions. This airfield was used as a Japanese Army staging area in the north. Heavily defended by the Japanese Army 91st Division with coastal defenses known as Kashibawara Fortress.

Japanese units assigned to Kashiwabara
91st Division, headquarters commanded by Lt. Gen. Fuzai Tsutsumi
74th Infantry Brigade commanded by Major Zeiji Zato
11th Tank Regiment, 4th Tank Company (detachment)
54th Sentai, 3rd Chutai (Ki-43 Oscars and Ki-44 Tojos) April 1943 - ?

American missions against Kashiwabara
August 11, 1943 - May 15, 1945

On August 18, 1945 Soviet troops landed on Paramushir Island and combat operations continued until August 23, 1945 ending with the surrender of the surviving members of the Japanese garrison. Afterwards, Kashiwabara was renamed Severo-Kurilsk.

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Last Updated
March 13, 2020

 

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