TACHIKAWA IV
Many years ago i got a email from a crew chief that was on the first C-47 to land at Tachikawa air field a few days after the end of the war. this is his story, he said they got the orders to fly to Tachikawa and make contact with the Japanese military. as they flew in to tachi they could see all the damage done to the main runway and the pilot was considering returning back to tokyo but decided he could make the landing with out damaging the plane. they landed and taxied to the hangars on the west side of the base just before the sun went down. as the darkness made shadows around the hangers they noticed 2 people coming out of the bombed out hangar with weapons....the chief ask the captain what they should do and he said, do nothing but be ready with side arms....the Japanese military men walked up to them and laid the weapons on the ground bowing to them, making motions to stay as one of them walked away... about 5 minutes later the man returned with an Japanese officer who also bowed to them and spoke to them in English apologizing for his men having weapons, but this was stop people from stealing what was left on the base, over the next hour more people arrived to help the Americans prepare for the nights stay. Over the next few days many more american military and engineers started to arrive to repair the runway. He also remembered how cold it was the first winter they were there in tents as the enlisted men had tents and the officers had housing. He did comment how nice the Japanese people were to him during his time at Tachikawa before he was reassigned back to the states. He said they always had a long line of Japanese people at the HQ building that wanted to get jobs on base. He also enjoyed giving out candy to the Japanese kids that would stay by the fence hoping to get left over food from the mess hall. SUBMITTED BY MIKE SKIDMORE
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS WERE SUBMITTED BY 1ST LT MARK JACOBY
TAKEN 1945 TO 1946 
A LT AND EITHER A MAJ OR LT COL
A BOMBED OUT BUILDING ON THE BASE
WRECKING A BOMBED OUT BUILDING
JEEPS ON A DIRT ROAD OUTSIDE THE BASE
DIRT TREE LINED ROAD WITH SOME BUILDING THAT SERVIVED THE WAR
TWO FARMERS PLOWING A RICE PATTY MAYBE EX SOLIDERS
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE SAME FARMERS
HEADQUARTERS BUILDING
INSIDE A BOMBED OUT HANGER BUILDING
UNKNOWN CAPT AND 1LT MARK JACOBY
SCRAPED JAPANESE BOMBERS LOOKS LIKE WHAT THE CALLED BOUNCING BETTE
JAPANESE GATHERED OUTSIDE THE BASE
JEEPS NEAR SOME KIND OF POOL MAYBE IT WAS HEATED AS A JAPANESE STYLE COMUNAL BATH
1ST LT MARK JACOBY 2ND FROM THE LEFT AND FELLOW OFFICERS
1LT JACOBY CENTER AND FELLOW OFFICERS IN TACHIKAWA SHI (CITY)
1LT JACOBY IN WRECKED JAPANESE PLANE
UNKNOWN MAJ OR LT COL IN WRECKED JAPANESE PLANE
MAYBE A MAINTANCE BUILDING LOOKS LIKE MINOR DAMAGE FROM BOMBING
MAYBE A SMALL GARDEN WITH FOUNTIAN AND BRIDGE UNKNOW OFFICER ON THE BRIDGE
PAGE 1 OF SPECIAL ORDERS 1 MARCH 1946
SPECIAL ORDERS PAGE 3 DON'T KNOW WHY DIDN'T RECIVE PAGE 2
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE FROM JAMES JOHNSON 1950-1952
THIS SEEMS TO BE THE MAIN STREET AND THE TOWER IS NOT VERY  FAR FROM THE LAUNDRY
THE LARGE BUILDING IN THE BACKGROUND LOOKS LIKE THE CAFITERIA BX AND POSTOFFICE
NOT SURE EXACTLY THIS WAS TAKEN BUT STILL SEE THE TOWER
LOOKS LIKE A C-46 LANDING AT TACKIKAWA AB
B-29'S AND OTHER SMALLER AIRCRAFT PARKED NEAR THE HANGERS
AIRAL PHOTO OF TACHIKAWA SHI AND SURROUNDING AREA
BRIDGE ACROSS TAMAGAWA (TAMA RIVER)
HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, BARRACKS, HOUSING, HANGERS AND PARKED B-29'S AND MAC PLANES
LOOKING FROM FLIGHT LINE TOWARD TACHIKAWA SHI
C-54'S MAC AIRCRAFT ON FLIGHT LINE
TACHIKAWA STATION
MAYBE THE OFFICERS CLUB
HEADQUARTERS BUILDING WITH MICROWAVE TOWER IN BACKGROUND.
NOTICE IT SAYS POST EXCHANGE NOT CHANGED TO BASE EXCHANGE YET NOW ALL ARE ONLY CALLED EXCHANGE
HOUSING AREA
FLIGHT LINE WITH LAUNDRY AND POWER HOUSE IN BACK GROUND
NOT SURE WHAT CONSTRUCTION THIS IS MAYBE FOR A SEWER LINE
TACHIKAWA AB PHOTO SUBMITTED BY MIKE SKIDMORE
TACHIKAWA FLIGHT LINE LOOKS LIKE B-26 BOMBERS AND C-54 CARGO PLANES SUBMITTED BY MIKE SKIDMORE
A-1 SKYRAIDERS THESE WERE FLOWN BY THE USAF, US NAVY AND VIETNAMESE PILOTS DURING THE VIET NAM WAR 
SUBMITTED BY MIKE SKIDMORE