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Takao Guard District

Type   Naval Port
Historical Name of Location   Takao, Takao, Taiwan

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Takao Guard District Timeline

1 Apr 1943 The Mako Guard District at Pescadores islands, Taiwan was transferred to Takao in southern Taiwan, and it was renamed the Takao Guard District. Vice Admiral Takeo Takagi remained the guard district's commanding officer.
10 Jun 1943 Vice Admiral Masakuni Yamagata was named the commanding officer of Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
30 Nov 1943 Vice Admiral Ryozo Fukuda was named the commanding officer of Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
1 Feb 1944 A personnel office and a naval infantry unit were established at Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
1 Apr 1944 Fuel refinery No. 6 came online at Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
1 Dec 1944 Takao Naval Air Group was established at Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
5 Feb 1945 Kobi Naval Air Group was transferred to Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
15 Feb 1945 Takao Naval Air Group was dissolved at Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
30 Apr 1945 US 22nd Bombardment Group aircraft dropped 142 250-pound bombs on Japanese Navy Oil Refinery No. 6 (USAAF referred to this facility as the "Toshien Oil Refinery") at Toshien District, Takao (now Zuoying District, Kaohsiung), Taiwan. A direct hit was scored on the eastern-most oil tank, and the resulting black smoke rose to the altitude of 5,000 feet.
10 May 1945 Vice Admiral Kiyohide Shima was named the commanding officer of Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan.
22 Jun 1945 3 B-24 bombers of 65th Bomb Squadron, USAAF 43rd Bombardment Group attacked Japanese Navy Oil Refinery No. 6 (USAAF referred to this facility as the "Toshien Oil Refinery") at Takao (now Zuoying District, Kaohsiung), Taiwan with several 1,000-pound bombs. Smoke and cloud cover prevented the observation of bomb damage.
30 Apr 1946 The Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan was officially disbanded.

Photographs

View of Toshien (now Zuoying) harbor and airfield, Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan, 12 Oct 1944, photo 1 of 3; photo taken from aircraft of USS WaspView of Toshien (now Zuoying) harbor and airfield, Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan, 12 Oct 1944, photo 2 of 3; photo taken from aircraft of USS Wasp
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WW2-Era Place Name Takao, Takao, Taiwan
Lat/Long 22.6975, 120.2763
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View of Toshien (now Zuoying) harbor and airfield, Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan, 12 Oct 1944, photo 1 of 3; photo taken from aircraft of USS WaspView of Toshien (now Zuoying) harbor and airfield, Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan, 12 Oct 1944, photo 2 of 3; photo taken from aircraft of USS Wasp
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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944