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Tachikawa

Tachikawa (139.402E 35.710N) was an industrial suburb of Tokyo. Hitachi had an airframe factory here that produced various trainer aircraft. Tachikawa Hikoki K.K. also had an airframe factory here, with the approximate production schedule:

Aircraft Type Average Airframes Per Month Starting Month Ending Month
Ki-36 Ida
14
<1941-12
1944-1
Ki-54 Hickory
29
<1941-12
1945-8
Ki-55 Ida
22 <1941-12 1944-12

The aircraft factory was bombed by carrier aircraft on 17 February 1945, which inflicted significant damage. It was bombed again in a night precision attack on 3 April 1945 with negligible results. It was attacked a third time on 24 April 1945 by 135 B-29s, of which 101 were able to bomb through poor weather. These dropped 473.1 tons of bombs and completely wrecked the plant.

Rail connections

Atsugi

Chofu

Shiroyama

Tama


References

Craven and Cate (1952; accessed 2011-7-7)

Francillon (1979)



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