|Type||Â Â Â||Airfield|
|Historical Name of Location||Â Â Â||Genzan, Hamgyongnam, Korea|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Genzan Airfield was built by the Japanese military a short distance to the east of Genzan, Japanese-occupied Korea (now Wonsan, North Korea) with the mission of protecting the port of Genzan, which was an important commercial link to Japan. In the early stages of WW2, sorties were launched from this airfield to support Japanese ground troops in northern and eastern China. During the Korean War, the airfield housed US Navy fighters while it was under US-South Korean control; it was also occupied by Communist Chinese and North Korean forces, but a major blockade rendered the airfield nearly unusable. The Wonsan Airfield remained under the control of the North Korean military until Sep 2015 when it became a civilian-military dual-use facility.
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|15 Nov 1940Â||The Japanese Navy Genzan Air Group was established at Genzan Airfield, Japanese-occupied Korea. The unit began its service as a part of the Second Air Fleet, with 33 G3M1 bombers and 25 A5M4 fighters.|
|15 Jan 1941Â||The Japanese Navy Genzan Air Group departed Genzan Airfield, Japanese-occupied Korea for Hankou, Hubei Province, China.|
|10 Oct 1950Â||Wonsan Airfield in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, Korea was captured by US and South Korean forces.|
|9 Dec 1950Â||Wonsan Airfield in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, Korea was captured by Communist Chinese forces.|
|24 Sep 2015Â||The first civilian flight landed at Kalma Airport in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, North Korea.|
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