April 1942



THURSDAY, 2 APRIL 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  Major General Lewis H Brereton, Commanding General 10th Air Force, leads 3 B-17's on a raid on shipping in the Andaman Islands off the S coast of Burma during the night of 2/3 Apr; they claim hits on 1 cruiser and a transport; 2 B-17's are damaged by AA and fighters, but all return to base. Earlier in the evening, a mission scheduled against the Rangoon, Burma area is aborted when 1 B-17 crashes on takeoff and the other has mechanical trouble.

FRIDAY, 3 APRIL 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  6 B-17's from Asansol, India, bomb warehouses and docks at Rangoon, Burma, starting 3 large fires; 1 B-17 fails to return.

THURSDAY, 16 APRIL 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  B-17's take off from Dum Dum Airfield near Calcutta, India to bomb Rangoon, Burma. 6 B-17's, guided by flares, bomb the target; numerous searchlights make it impossible to estimate the bombing results.

SATURDAY, 18 APRIL 1942

PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA):  Doolittle Raid on Japan. 16 B-25's launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) carry out the first AAF attack on the Japanese mainland. 15 of the B-25's bomb in Japan, the principal targets being Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, and Nagoya. Since the bombers had to be launched earlier than scheduled they are unable to reach planned bases in China and have to be crash landed or abandoned, 15 in China and the other in the USSR.

WEDNESDAY, 22 APRIL 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  Aircraft begin to evacuate military and civilian personnel and supplies from Burma to India. By 15 Jun the 10th Air Force has evacuated 4,499 passengers and 1,733,026 pounds (786,095 kg) of freight.

MONDAY, 27 APRIL 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  Ground echelon of 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Karachi to Allahabad, India; the air echelon is at Baumrauli, India with B-17's.

WEDNESDAY, 29 APRIL 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  Rangoon, Burma is again hit by a flight of B-17's which pound the dock area.

THURSDAY, 30 APRIL 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  The Japanese capture Lashio, Burma and begin a move to drive the Chinese back along the Burma Road toward China and drive US and British forces back toward India.

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