Place Names

Yokota Air Base, Japan
Fifth Air Force

Fifth Air Force
The Fifth Air Force was the major FEAF operating command in Japan and later Korea.
Fifth Air Force units stationed in Japan at the beginning of the war were:


Yokota Air Base


35th Fighter-Interceptor Group
39th, 40th, and 41st Fighter-Interceptor Squadrons
8th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (Photo Jet)
512th Reconnaissance Squadron flight, 339th Fighter (All-Weather) Squadron

 

 

 

 

Yokota Air Base, Japan

 

Yokota Air Base

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Yokota Air Base
横田飛行場
Yokota Hikōjō Pacific Air Forces.png
Part of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Located near: Fussa, Tokyo, Japan
Yokota Air Base - Control Tower - 2011.jpg The air traffic control tower at Yokota Air Base
Coordinates 35°44′55″N 139°20′55″E / 35.74861°N 139.34861°E / 35.74861; 139.34861 (Yokota AB)
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1940
In use 1940-Present
Garrison information
Garrison 374th Airlift Wing.jpg
374th Airlift Wing (USAF)
Yokota Air Base
IATA: OKO – ICAO: RJTY
Summary
Elevation AMSL 463 ft / 141 m
Coordinates 35°44′55″N 139°20′55″E / 35.74861°N 139.34861°E / 35.74861; 139.34861Coordinates: 35°44′55″N 139°20′55″E / 35.74861°N 139.34861°E / 35.74861; 139.34861
Website www.yokota.af.mil
Map
RJTY is located in Japan
RJTYLocation of Yokota Air Base
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,353 11,001 Concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan

  A C-130H Hercules taxis to park on the east side of the flightline at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 25, 2011.

Yokota Air Base (横田飛行場, Yokota Hikōjō), (IATA: OKO, ICAO: RJTY) is a United States Air Force base in the city of Fussa, one of 26 cities in the Tama Area, or Western Tokyo.

The base houses 14,000 personnel. The base occupies a total area of 136,413 m (1,468,340 sq ft) and has a 3,353 m × 61 m (11,001 ft × 200 ft) runway. Among its facilities are the broadcast center for the American Forces Network Tokyo radio service and a detachment of Pacific Air Forces' Band of the Pacific and the headquarters of United States Forces Japan.

 

Korean War

 22d and 92d Bombardment Groups

In early July 1950, 92nd BG B-29s arrived from the United States at Yokota AB, Japan. By the time the entire group completed its deployment on the July 13, its aircraft had already flown a leaflet mission to Sŏul and a combat mission against the Wŏnsan marshalling yards in North Korea.

During the Korean War, Yokota was used for combat missions over North and South Korea. Known units based there were:

About 1956 the B-29's began to be replaced with B-50's, and the unit continued to fly two missions a day, plus flying into any typhoons in the South Pacific. In 1956 the 56th lost a plane coming back from a mission, as it crashed into a hill not far from the base. All on board were killed.

 

 


June 26, 1950

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At 0045 hours on 26 June Brig. Gen. Jarred V. Crabb, the FEAF Director of Operations, awakened General Partridge with a telephone call: General MacArthur had ordered FEAF to provide fighter cover while the freighters loaded and withdrew from Inch'ŏn. The fighters were to remain offshore at all times, but they were to shoot in defense of the freighters.

General Partridge instructed the 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing to furnish the freighters with combat air patrols. Within a few minutes, however, Fifth Air Force operations let General Crabb know that Colonel Price anticipated difficulties. This patrol work was a job for long-range conventional aircraft, not for the speedy but fuel-hungry jets. Colonel Price's 68th Fighter All-Weather Squadron had twelve operational F-82's, but he needed more aircraft than this. The Fifth Air Force first asked if it would not be possible to use the RAAF No. 77 Squadron's Mustangs, but General Crabb replied that the British had not yet taken a stand in the Korean war. The Fifth Air Force therefore ordered the 339th Fighter All-Weather Squadron to move its combat-ready F-82's from Yokota to Itazuke. This was still not enough of the long-range fighters, and General Crabb ordered the Twentieth Air Force to send eight of the 4th Squadron's planes up to Itazuke from Okinawa. To clear his ramps to receive these additional fighters, Colonel Price moved the contingent of C-54's from Itazuke to nearby Ashiya.