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    Kanoya 鹿屋市 Kagoshima Prefecture | Kyūshū Japan
Lat 31° 22' 3N 130° 50' 44E  Kanoya 鹿屋市, is located at an elevation of 39' / 11m above sea level and is the third largest city in Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyūshū in Japan. Borders Kagoshima Bay to the west.

Wartime History
Used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a military airfield. On March 11, 1945 twenty-four P1Y1 Ginga (Frances) took off from Kanoya on a tokko (special attack mission against U. S. Navy (USN) carriers at Ulithi Lagoon (Urushi Lagoon). Before departing, the Combined Fleet sent a message to the air group: "Go forward, all of you, pledging yourself to defend our sacred land by surely destroying the arrogant enemy by ramming yourself into the enemy." Inbound, five abort the mission and return to base. Twelve ditched into the sea unable to locate the target area. Three became lost due to a navigational error and ended up at Yap Island.

Starting in April 1945 attacked by U. S. aircraft until the end of the Pacific War.

American missions against Kanoya
April 8, 1945–August 12, 1945

Kanoya Airfield
Located at Kagoshima, kamikaze base in 1945 includes Kanoya Museum

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July 12, 2020


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