601st Naval Air Group
|601st Naval Air Group|
|Active||February 15, 1944 – postwar.|
|Country||Empire of Japan|
|Allegiance||Empire of Japan|
|Branch||Imperial Japanese Navy|
|Type||Naval aviation unit|
|Role||Fighter, interceptor fighter, bomber, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance|
|Size||225 aircraft (initial)|
|Part of||3rd Fleet
1st Carrier Division
3rd Air Fleet
Aircraft carrier Taihō
|Aircraft flown||A6M Type 0 "Zeke"
N1K1-J Shiden "George"
D4Y Suisei "Judy"
B6N Tenzan "Jill"
|Until 9 July 1944
311 or 11; Aircraft carrier Taihō
312 or 12; Aircraft carrier Zuikaku
313 or 13; Aircraft carrier Shōkaku
|And after 10 July 1944
The 601st Naval Air Group (第六〇一海軍航空隊 Dai Roku-Maru-Hito Kaigun Kōkūtai) was a carrier air group (later converted to airbase garrison unit) of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Pacific campaign of World War II.
- Higher unit
- Lower unit
- 161st Fighter Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
- 162nd Fighter Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
- 308th Fighter Squadron (20 February 1945–postwar.)
- 310th Fighter Squadron (20 February 1945–postwar.)
- 402nd Fighter Squadron (5 March 1945–20 April 1945)
- 1st Attack Squadron (20 February 1945–postwar.)
- 161st Attack Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
- 254th Attack Squadron (20 February 1945–5 March 1945)
- 262nd Attack Squadron (10 July 1944–14 November 1944)
- 61st Reconnaissance Squadron (10 July 1944–15 November 1944)
- Commanding officers
- Shin-Jinbutsuoraisha Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
- The Japanese Modern Historical Manuscripts Association, Organizations, structures and personnel affairs of the Imperial Japanese Army & Navy, University of Tokyo Press, Tōkyō, Japan, 1971, ISBN 978-4-13-036009-8.
- Rekishi Gunzō, History of Pacific War, Gakken, Tōkyō, Japan.
- Bunrin-Dō Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
- Model Art, Model Art Co. Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan.
- No. 406, Special issue Camouflage & Markings of Imperial Japanese Navy Bombers in W.W.II, 1993.
- No. 458, Special issue Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force Suicide Attack Unit "Kamikaze", 1995.
- No. 553, Special issue I.J.N. Carrier Attack Bomber, 2000.
- Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (http://www.jacar.go.jp/english/index.html)[permanent dead link], National Archives of Japan, Tōkyō, Japan.
- Reference Code: C08051771200, Transition table of formation of Imperial Japan Navy Air Units (special establishment) during Pacific War, Japan Demobilization Agency, 1949.