7th Air Division (Japan)

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7th Air Division
Active January 28, 1943 – July 21, 1945
Country Empire of Japan Empire of Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Branch Empire of Japan Imperial Japanese Army
Type Army aviation unit
Role Fighter, bomber, reconnaissance
Part of 3rd Air Army
8th Area Army
4th Air Army
Garrison/HQ Singapore
Wewak, New Guinea
Ambon, Ambon Island
Nickname(s) Abbreviation code: 7FD
HQ code: Shū 9311
Engagements

World War II

The 7th Air Division (第七飛行師団, Dai 7 Hikō Shidan) was a land-based aviation force of the Imperial Japanese Army. The division was formed on 29 January 1943 in the Netherlands East Indies as part of the Eighth Area Army.[1] It was incorporated into the Fourth Air Army based at Rabaul on 28 July 1943.[1]

The division moved its headquarters to Wewak in June 1943. The division was disbanded 24 July 1945.[1]

Commanders[edit]

  • Lt. General Einosuke Sudō (29 January 1943 – 1 February 1945)[1]
  • Lt. General Chōji Shirokane (1 February 1945 – 16 July 1945)[1]

Organisation[edit]

  • 59th Hikō Sentai (1943)
  • 5th Hikō Sentai (1943)
  • 7th Hikō Sentai (1943)
  • 61st Hikō Sentai (1943)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "7. Air Division (Japan)". Axis History Factbook. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  • Shindo, Hiroyuki. 2001, Japanese air operations over New Guinea during the Second World War, Journal of the Australian War Memorial.
  • Rekishi Dokuhon, Document of the war No. 42 Overview of Imperial Japanese Army Units, Shin-Jinbutsuoraisha Co., Ltd., Tōkyō, Japan, 1998, ISBN 4-404-02639-0.