1945 US Army Air Force Original Map of Hiroshima Kure Submarine Naval Base Japan
Kure-Ko Soundings and Heights in Meters. United States Army Air Forces (USAAF or AAF). 17 1/2in x 12 1/2in (445mm x 320mm). (A+) Fine Condition. This is an incredibly rare, extremely detailed & original US Army Air Force map of the defenses, moorings, submarine bays and depth soundings of the Japanese Kure naval base near Hiroshima produced by the US Army Air Force in 1945 & is an incredible find. Paper thickness and quality: – Heavy and stable Paper color : – off white Age of map color: – Colors used: – General color appearance: – Paper size: – 17 1/2in x 12 1/2in (445mm x 320mm) Plate size: – 17 1/2in x 12 1/2in (445mm x 320mm) Margins: – Min 1/2in (12mm). Margins: – None Plate area: – None Verso: – None. Background: Kure Naval Base was established in 1889, and the Kure Naval Dockyard began operating in 1903. This was the best naval port in the Far East, and is most famous as the site where the battleship Yamato was built. Additionally, Kure was the biggest arsenal town in Japan. It is possible that this map has a direct link with the first of 2 A-Bomb attack on Japan in August 1945 as Hiroshima was generally left alone by the US Army Air Force whilst other cities within Japan were being bombed daily in mid 1945. I have been unable to find another like it. This is an original map folded covered in a type of early laminate and seems to me given the plastic protection and folds this would have more than likely used by a US Army Air Force navigation crew to identify Hiroshima. United States Army Air Forces (USAAF or AAF) The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF or AAF) was the military aviation service of the United States of America during and immediately after World War II, successor to the United States Army Air Corps and the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force. The AAF was a component of the United States Army, which in 1942 was divided functionally by executive order into three autonomous forces: the Army Ground Forces, the Services of Supply (which in 1943 became the Army Service Forces), and the Army Air Forces. Each of these forces had a commanding general who reported directly to the Army Chief of Staff. The AAF administered all parts of military aviation formerly distributed among the Air Corps, General Headquarters Air Force, and the ground forces’ corps area commanders, and thus became the first air organization of the U. Army to control its own installations and support personnel. The peak size of the AAF during the Second World War was over 2.4 million men and women in service and nearly 80,000 aircraft by 1944, and 783 domestic bases in December 1943. By “V-E Day”, the Army Air Forces had 1.25 million men stationed overseas and operated from more than 1,600 airfields worldwide. The Army Air Forces was created in June 1941 to provide the air arm a greater autonomy in which to expand more efficiently, to provide a structure for the additional command echelons required by a vastly increased force, and to end an increasingly divisive administrative battle within the Army over control of aviation doctrine and organization that had been ongoing since the creation of an aviation section within the Army Signal Corps in 1914. The AAF succeeded both the Air Corps, which had been the statutory military aviation branch since 1926, and the GHQ Air Force, which had been activated in 1935 to quiet the demands of airmen for an independent Air Force. Although other nations already had separate air forces independent of their army or navy (such as the British Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe), the AAF remained a part of the Army until a defense reorganization in the post-war period resulted in the creation of an independent United States Air Force in September 1947. 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