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Gifu

Gifu (136.781E 35.431N), capital of Gifu Prefecture, is located on the Nagara River in central Japan, with a population of about 172,340 in in 1945.  It is a cultural center and seat of Gifu University.  Zinc is mined in the nearby hills (22,000 tons per year).

The city was the center of a regimental district of 3 Division and hosted a Japanese Army Air Force maintenance school. It was raided on 9 July 1945 with the destruction of 1.93 square miles (5.0 km2), or about 74% of its area.

Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyu K.K.  The production schedule of this important aircraft factory was approximately as follows:

Aircraft Type Average Airframes Per Month Starting Month Ending Month
Ki-36 Ida 21
1941-12
1943-3
Ki-45 Nick
10
1942-1
1944-9
Ki-48 Lily 47
1942-4 1944-10
Ki-56 Thalia
3
1941-12
1943-9
Ki-67 Peggy
5
1943-12
1945-6
Ki-102 Randy
31
1944-10
1945-5

Kawasaki had a small airframe factory in nearby Kagamigahara producing:

Aircraft Type Average Airframes Per Month Starting Month Ending Month
Ki-61 Tony 81 1942-8
1945-8
Ki-100 Tony 78 1945-2
1945-8

Rail connections

Nagoya

Ogaki

Toyama


References

Craven and Cate (1952)

"Handbook of Japanese Military Forces" (1944-9; accessed 2011-8-27)

Van Royden and Bowles (1952)


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