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703 Kōkūtai (703 Air Group)
Imperial Japanese Navy Kokutai

Background
On November 1, 1942 the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) renamed air groups with three digit identifiers and the 4th Kokutai "Ohashi Butai" named for Commanding Officer (C.O.) Captain Fujiro Ohashi operating the Type 1 Attack Bomber (G4M Betty) from Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul was redesignated 703 Kokutai (703 Air Group) or abbreviated 703 Ku. Aircraft tail code "S-"

The unit suffered terrible losses between November 18-22, 1942 and was withdrawn with only eight bombers departed northward to Kisarazu Airfield. By December 2, 1942 the survivors returned to Chitose Airfield, their prewar home base. On March 15, 1943, the 703 Kokutai attack-bomber unit was disbanded.

Tail Codes
The group used different tail codes at various dates.

Tail code Dates
S- November 1, 1942 - ?
W1- ?

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