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31.39N) was an important Japanese
Army base and naval air station
on Kyushu. There was also a small
training airstrip at nearby Kasanohara.
The airfields (Kanoya and Kanoya East) were became important kamikaze bases and were heavily bombarded by B-29s during the Okinawa campaign. They were also the first airfields on Japan strafed by P-51 Mustangs armed with 5" rockets, which had been diverted from the iroriginal target of Atsugi. The city was an early
objective of OLYMPIC, the first stage of DOWNFALL.
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