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Japanese Army Air Force Air Groups / Sentais

Unit Established Locations / Battles Notes Aircraft Used
1st July 5, 1938 at Kagamigahara, Japan Manchuria; China; Cambodia; Malaya; Burma; Indochina; East Indies; Solomons; New Guinea; Philippines; Formosa; Japan   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-84
3rd   Thailand, China, Okinawa   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-61, Ki-100
4th July 1938 at Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan Formosa; Japan   Type 95, Ki-10, Ki-27, Ki-45
5th August 31, 1938 at Tachikawa, Japan East Indies; New Guinea; Japan   Type 91, Type 95, Ki-10, Ki-27, Ki-45, Ki-100
9th July 1, 1938 in China Korea, Manchuria; China   Type 91, Type 95, Ki-10, Ki-27, Ki-44, Ki-84
11th August 31, 1938 at Harbin, Manchuria Manchuria; China; Indochina; Malaya; East Indies; Burma; Rabaul; Solomons; New Guinea; Formosa, Philippines; Japan   Type 91, Type 92, Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-84
13th July 1938 at Kagamigahara, Japan Rabaul; New Guinea; Philippines; Singapore; Indochina; Cambodia; Malaya; Formosa; Japan   Type 95, Ki-27, Ki-45, Ki-43, Ki-61, Ki-84, Ki-100
17th   Japan; Philippines; Formosa   Ki-61, Ki-100
18th February 10, 1944 at Choufu, Japan Philippines; Japan   Ki-61, Ki-100
19th February 10, 1944 at Alkeno Fighter School, Japan Indonesia; Philippines; Formosa; Okinawa   Ki-61
20th December 1, 1943 at Itami, Japan Okinawa; Formosa; Philippines; Japan   Ki-43, Ki-45
21st October 15, 1942 at Hanoi, Indochina China; Philippines; Burma; Indochina; East Indies; Formosa   Ki-27, Ki-45
22nd March 5, 1944 at Fussa, Japan China; Philippines; Korea; Japan   Ki-84
23rd October 1944 at Ohta, Japan Iwo Jima; Japan   Ki-43, Ki-44
24th September 1938 at Harbin China; New Guinea; Philippines; Okinawa   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-84
25th November 1942 at Hankow China; Korea   Ki-43, Ki-84
26th October 1942 at Yamentum New Guinea; Philippines; Indochina; Singapore; Okinawa   Ki-27, Ki-30, Ki-51, Ki-43, Ki-44
28th June 1939 Manchuria; Japan   Ki-46, Ki-102
29th July 1939 Manchuria; China; Formosa; Philippines; Okinawa   Ki-27, Ki-44, Ki-84
30th July 1943 Manchuria; Philippines; Thailand; Burma Disbanded May 30, 1945 Ki-27, Ki-43
31st July 1937 Manchuria; Philippines Disbanded May 30, 1945 Ki-43
33rd August 1938 Manchuria; China; Indochina; Burma; Thailand; Philippines Disbanded June 1945 Type 91, Type 95, Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-44
47th November 1941 at Tachikawa Indochina; Malay; Burma; Japan   Ki-44, Ki-84
47th Independent   Japan   Ki-43
48th July 1943 China   Ki-27, Ki-43
50th September 1940 Formosa; Philippines; Thailand; Burma; Singapore; East Indies; New Guinea; Malaya; Indochina   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-84
51st April 1944 Japan; Philippines   Ki-84
52nd April 1944 Japan; Philippines;   Ki-84
53rd May 1944 at Tokorozawa Japan   Ki-45
54th July 1941 at Kashiwa Japan; China; Philippines; Formosa   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-45, Ki-84
55th March 1944 at Taisho Philippines; Japan; Okinawa   Ki-61
56th March 1944 at Taisho Japan   Ki-61
59th July 1938 at Kagamigahara Manchuria; Indochina; Thailand; Malaya; East Indies; Philippines; Japan   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-61, Ki-100
63rd February 1943 at Hachinohe Japan; New Guinea; Solomons;   Ki-27, Ki-43
64th August 1938 Manchuria; Korea; China; Indochina; Malaya; Thailand; Burma; Cambodia   Type 95, Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-44
68th March 1942 at Harbin New Britain; New Guinea; Philippines; Solomons   Ki-27, Ki-61, Ki-43
70th March 1941 at Xingshu China;   Ki-27, Ki-44, Ki-84
71st May 1944 at Kameyama Japan; Philippines;   Ki-43, Ki-84
72nd May 1944 at Kita-Ise Philippines Disbanded January 1945 Ki-84
73rd May 1944 at Kita-Ise Japan; Philippines Disbanded March 1945 Ki-43, Ki-84
77th July 1938 China; Manchuria; Cambodia; Indochina; Thailand; Malaya; Burma; New Guinea Disbanded July 1944 Type 95, Ki-27, Ki-43
78th March 1942 at Xingshu China; Manchuria; New Britain; New Guinea; Philippines Disbanded July 25, 1944 Ki-27, Ki-61, Ki-43
85th March 1941 at Sunjia China; Manchuria; Korea   Ki-27, Ki-44, Ki-84
87th March 1941 at Harbin China; Burma; East Indies; Singapore   Ki-27, Ki-44
101st July 1944 at Kita-Ise Japan   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-84
102nd July 1944 at Kita-Ise Japan   Ki-84
103rd August 1944 at Kameyama Japan   Ki-43, Ki-84
104th July 1944 at Ozuki Japan; Manchuria   Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-44, Ki-45, Ki-84
105th August 1944 at Taichung Formosa   Ki-61
111th July 1945 Japan   Ki-84, Ki-100
112th July 1945 at Nitta Japan   Ki-84, Ki-100
200th October 1944 at Akeno Philippines Disbanded May 1945 Ki-84
204th At Zhenxi China; Burma; Philippines; Indochina; Japan; Formosa   Ki-27, Ki-43
246th August 1942 at Kakogawa Japan; Philippines; Formosa   Ki-27, Ki-44, Ki-46, Ki-84
248th August 1942 New Guinea Disbanded July 1944 Ki-27, Ki-43

Japanese Naval Air Force Air Groups

Unit Established Locations / Battles Notes Aircraft Used
1st April 1941 at Kanoya, Japan China Disbanded September 1941  
2nd - 582nd May 1942 at Yokosuka Air Base, Japan New Guinea; Guadalcanal Disbanded July 1943  
3rd - 202nd April 1941 Philippines; Dutch East Indies; Darwin, Australia Disbanded July 1944.  
4th February 1942 at Truk Rabaul; eastern New Guinea    
6th - 204th April 1942 at Kisarazu Air Base, Japan eastern New Guinea; Rabaul; Dutch Harbor; Battle of Midway Disbanded April 1944  
131st July 1944 at Yokosuka Air Base, Japan Okinawa; Japan    
153rd January 1944 Western New Guinea    
201st September 1944 at Meiji Air Base, Japan Okinawa; Japan    
203rd February 1944 at Atsugi Air Base, Japan Kurile Islands; Okinawa; Philippines; Formosa; Japan    
205th February 1945 at Taichung Air Base, Japan Okinawa Kamikaze Unit  
221st Janaury 1944 at Kasanbara Air Base, Japan Formosa; Philippines    
254th October 1943 Hainan Island; Hong Kong; Formosa; Philippines Disbanded January 1945  
256th February 1944 at Lunghwa, China Shanghai; Philippines; Formosa Disbanded December 1944  
261st June 1943 at Kagoshima Air Base, Japan Peleliu Island; Saipan; Yap Disbanded July 1944  
263rd October 1943 at Genzan, Korea Tinian; Peleliu; Guam Disbanded July 1944  
265th November 1943 at Kogoshima Air Base, Japan   Disbanded July 1944  
281st February 1943 at Maizuru Air Base, Japan Kurile Islands; Marshall Islands; Rabaul Destroyed February 1944  
301st November 1943 at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan Tinian; Iwo Jima Disbanded July 1944  
302nd March 1944 at Kisarazu Air Base, Japan Guarded Imperial Castle; Okinawa    
321st October 1943 at Mobara Air Base, Japan Tinian; Guam Disbanded July 1944.
Night fighter unit.
 
331st July 1943 at Saeki Air Base, Japan Burma; Calcutta; Borneo; Philippines Disbanded May 1944  
332nd August 1944 at Iwakuni Air Base, Japan Philippines; Japan    
341st November 1943 at Matsuyama Sir Base, Japan Iwo Jima; Formosa; Philippines Destroyed in January 1945 in the Philippines.  
343rd January 1944 at Matsuyama Air Base, Japan Guam Disbanded July 1944.
Reestablished December 1944 at Matsuyama.
 
352nd August 1944 in Japan Japan    
381st October 1943 Biak; Borneo; Celebres; French Indochina    
601st Reorganized February 15, 1944 Taihō, Shokaku, Zuikaku   A6M, D4Y, B6N
634th   Ise, Hyūga    
721st October 1944 at Konoike Air Base, Japan Okinawa Kamakaze Unit  
Chitose - 201st October 1939 at Chitose, Japan Roi, Marshall Islands    
Genzan - 252nd November 1940 at Genzan, Korea Battle of Coral Sea    
Kanoya - 253rd April 1936 at Kanoya, Japan Rabaul, Solomons Helped sink HMS Prince of Wales  
Tainan - 251st October 1941 at Tainan, Formosa   Disbanded July 1944  
Yokosuka April 1930 at Yokosuka, Japan Iwo Jima; Japan    

Sources:

  1. Imperial Japanese Navy Aces 1937-45, Henry Sakaida, 1998
  2. Japanese Army Air Force Aces 1937-45, Henry Sakaida, 1997
  3. Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II, Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa, 1989
  4. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  5. Japanese Army Fighter Aces 1931-45, Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa, Christophoer Shores, 2002
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