Lat 35° 25' 0N Long 136° 52' 0E Kagamigahara
各務原市 is located at an elevation of 252' / 76m in Gifu Prefecture in the Chūbu Region of central Honshū in Japan. To the west is Gifu. To the south is Gifu Airfield (Kagamigahara, JASDF Gifu Air Base) and the Kiso River (Kiso Gawa) and beyond Nagoya. Today known as Kakamigahara-shi (Kakamigahara City).
During World War II, Kawasaki Aircraft Industries (Kagamigahara Plant) was located at Kagamigahara and Gifu Airfield (Kagamigahara, JASDF Gifu Air Base). Starting in early June 1945 attacked by U. S. aircraft until late July 1945.
American missions against Gifu (Kagamigahara)
June 9, 1945–July 20, 1945
Kawasaki Aircraft Industries (Kagamigahara Plant)
The Kawasaki Aircraft Industries Kagamigahara Plant was located adjacent to Gifu Airfield. In Japanese, known as Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo, Gifu, Kojo. Also known as Kawasaki Aircraft Plant at Kagamigahara. Also known as "Kagamigahara Plant" or "Gifu Plant". Between 1942 until the official surrender of Japan in August 1945, the Kagamigahara Plant built every Type 3 Fighter Hein / Ki-61 Tony and most Ki-100.
Gifu Airfield (Kagamigahara, JASDF Gifu Air Base)
Located to the south of Kakamigahara still in use today as JASDF Gifu Air Base
NARA U. S. Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Joint Target Group Target Information Sheet "Kawasaki Aircraft Kagamigahara Plant (Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo, Gifu, Kojo) Kagamigahara, Japan" page 76
(Page 76) "This plane is believed to assemble the Tony SE in-line fighter [Type 3 Fighter Hein / Ki-61 Tony]
and the Army 2E Bomber Lily [Type 99 Light Bomber Kyu Kyu Sohkei / Ki-48 Lily] and other Kawasaki aircraft. Prior to attack of 19 February 1945 on the Kawasaki Aircraft, Akashi Plant (Target 90.25-1547), this company ranked third among Japan's principal aircraft manufactures, producing roughly 15 percent of Japanese combat aircraft. It manufactures aircraft for the Army only."
(Page 77) "This plant [Kagamigahara] is often referred to by the Japanese as the Gifu plant. The aircraft believed to be assembled here are: SE fighter Tony (in-line engine), 2E bomber Lily, 2E dive bomber (Ki 66), SE fighter Rob, 2E transport Thelma, Twin in-line engine fighter (possibly Ki 88)"
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July 14, 2020