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31st Kokutai (31st Ku) / 954 Kokutai (954 Ku)
Imperial Japanese Navy Kokutai

The 31st Kokutai was established on February 1, 1942 at Nichols Field near Manila until April 1942 flying the D3A Val, then assigned to the 31st Naval Base Force.

Next, operated from Rabaul during the Guadalcanal campaign.

On November 1, 1942 redesignated 954 Kokutai.

Returning to the Philippines, their headquarters was again based at Nichols Field. In the Philippines, they operated B5N Kate, D3A Val and F1M Pete.

Nichols Field
Canacao Seaplane Base (Cavite)
San Fernando
Tacloban Seaplane Base
Recodo Seaplane Base
Bongao (with 11th S.P.A.U. from Singapore / Indochina)

On January 1, 1945 absorbed into 901 Kokutai.

Documents in the Japanese Defense Archives cover until August 31, 1944
Thanks to Minoru Kamada and Jim Long for this information.

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