April 1943



THURSDAY, 1 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force)

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 16 B-25's bomb the Maymyo railroad sheds. Eight others hit the railroad yards at Ywatsung.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, a Japanese force of 9 fighters is intercepted in the Lingling area by P-40's. We claim 7 fighters shot down; we lose 1 P-40.

FRIDAY, 2 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's hit the Thazi railroad junction. A detachment of the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group with P-40's which has been operating from Sadiya, India since Nov 42 transfers to Jorhat, India.

SATURDAY, 3 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 17 B-25's, operating in 2 forces, bomb the Myitnge bridge, scoring hits on both approaches.

SUNDAY, 4 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's hit the Maymyo engine sheds. Nine others bomb the Pyawbwe railroad yards. Seven B-24's heavily damage the Thilawa oil refinery.

MONDAY, 5 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 17 B-25's bomb railroad targets at Mandalay; 2 others hit Ngamya. Three B-24's bomb the Prome railroad yards; 5 hit the Mahlwagon yards and roundhouse. 12 P-40's and a B-25 support ground forces in N Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In Burma, P-40's on armored reconnaissance strafe 15 horse-drawn wagons at Wanling.

TUESDAY, 6 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 6 B-24's attack Pazundaung bridge, damaging the S approach.

WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 2 B-25's temporarily knock out a bridge on the Ye-u railroad branch, crossing the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa. Eighteen B-25's, in 2 forces, bomb the Ywataung Marshalling Yard. P-40's support ground forces N of Shingbwiyang. Six B-24's bomb Japanese HQ at Toungoo.

THURSDAY, 8 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb Meiktila Airfield; 6 B-24's attack the airfield at Heho; and Ft Bayard Airfield is strafed by 9 P-40's. Enemy stores at Ningam are hit by 4 P-40's and a B-25.

MONDAY, 12 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's hit the airfield at Magwe. P-40's bomb and strafe the ammunition and supply dump at Walawbum.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In Burma, P-40's strafe more than 20 vehicles 25 mi (40 km) E of Loiwing.

TUESDAY, 13 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb the Myitnge bridge without inflicting further damage to the structure. Nine others hit Monywa Airfield. Six P-40's knock out a bridge at Shaduzup.

WEDNESDAY, 14 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, P-40's dropping 1,000 pound (454 kg) bombs, hit airfields at Myitkyina and Manywet, rendering the runways at both unusable.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe pack horses S of Tengchung, barracks and warehouses in Lungling, and cattle and trucks N of Lungling.

ZONE OF INTERIOR (HQ USAAF) The Weather Wing is activated at Asheville, North Carolina to provide scientific weather information for the USAAF and the rest of the Army. This new wing assumes responsibility from HQ USAAF for the supervision of the Army Air Forces Weather Service which was established in 1937.

THURSDAY, 15 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 10 B-25's bomb the Mandalay Marshaling Yard; 9 more bomb the marshaling yard at Ywataung. Eight B-24's hit the Thilawa oil refinery while 7 others hit Prome.

FRIDAY, 16 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, P-40's, bombing a railroad bridge near Mogaung, score a direct hit on the target and blow up both approaches, leaving the bridge temporarily unserviceable. Later in the day the bridge near Pinbaw is demolished by direct hits. Eight B-24's hit the Rangoon Marshaling Yard, 9 B-25's bomb the Thazi rail junction, while 9 more, weathered out of Maymyo, hit rail targets in Mandalay.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe a group of buildings E of Tenchung.

SATURDAY, 17 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 7 B-25's bomb the Myitnge bridge, scoring 4 damaging hits. Ten others hit the Myitnge railroad works. Sixteen P-40's damage the bridge at Kamaing, attack the town of Nanyaseik, and score hits on the N approach to the bridge at Namti. Six B-24's damage the S approach to the Pazundaung railroad bridge.

SUNDAY, 18 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe an enemy-held supply village SE of Tengchung.

MONDAY, 19 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) P-40's hit bridges in Burma, seriously damaging the Namti railroad bridge between Mogaung and Myitkyina. Nine B-24's bomb Rangoon's main railroad station.

TUESDAY, 20 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Thazai.

WEDNESDAY, 21 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the railroad yards at Maymyo, and 9 more bomb the area around the Myitnge bridge.

In Thailand, 16 B-24's are dispatched to bomb the Bangsue Arsenal and other targets in Bangkok, but only 4 reach the target area and loose bombs over the city.

FRIDAY, 23 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb the Mandalay warehouse area. Five P-40's damage the approaches to the bridge at Shaduzup.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe a 15-truck convoy SW of Lungling.

SATURDAY, 24 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's, escorted by 11 P-40's, bomb the Namtu mines and railroad yards. 7 of the P-40's strafe the mine and smelter area. In China, 13 P-40's intercept 25 fighters near Lingling and shoot down 5.

SUNDAY, 25 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 11 B-25's attack the Ywataung railroad yards and vicinity. The 492d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers with B-24's from Bishnupur, India to Panagarh, India.

TUESDAY, 27 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 19 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Thazi. P-40's hit positions S of Sarenghkyet.

WEDNESDAY, 28 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's pound the docks at Monywa; 10 others attack river traffic in the Katha vicinity.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, about 20 Japanese medium bombers and a like number of fighters attack airfields at Kunming. High winds prevent bombing accuracy and little damage is done to the airfield. Several Chinese villagers near the field are killed. Defending P-40's shoot down 10 aircraft.

FRIDAY, 30 APRIL 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 16 B-25's pound the Gokteik Viaduct, damaging the N end. Four others bomb the Maymyo railroad yards. Five B-24's bomb the Sule Pagoda wharves at Rangoon. Four P-40's and a B-25 hit Mohnyin, while 6 P-4O's attack a camp S of Weshi.

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