August 1943



SUNDAY, 1 AUGUST 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  8 B-25's hit the E approach of the road bridge at Shweli, Burma, damaging cable anchorages and pylons but leaving the bridge usable.

TUESDAY, 10 AUGUST 1943

ZONE OF INTERIOR (HQ AAF):  Most Bombardment Groups/Squadrons (Dive) equipped with A-24's and A-36's are redesignated Fighter-Bomber Groups/ Squadrons.

WEDNESDAY, 11 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  The 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, transfers from Lingling to Hengyang, China with P-40's.

FRIDAY, 13 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  4 P-40's bomb and strafe enemy installa- tions at Lungling, China.

MONDAY, 16 AUGUST 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  Bombers hit and claim 2 small vessels sunk about 130 miles (208 km) S of Rangoon, Burma.

The 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, transfers from Karachi to Gushkara, India with P-40's. The squadron will fly it's first mission on 8 Sep 43.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  4 P-40's bomb town of Tengchung, China.

TUESDAY, 17 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  23 B-24's, operating in 3 waves, bomb barracks at Cau Lo, French Indochina. 4 P-40's bomb town of Mangshih, China.

THURSDAY, 19 AUGUST 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  Brigadier General Howard C Davidson becomes Commanding General Tenth Air Force.

FRIDAY, 20 AUGUST 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS:  Army Air Forces, India-Burma Sector, China-Burma-India Theater is activated at New Delhi, India. Lieutenant General George E Stratemeyer assumes command. Components include the Tenth Air Force, China-Burma-India Air Service Command (Provisional), China-Burma-India Training Unit (Provisional) and several lesser units.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  X Air Force Service Command (AFSC) personnel and organizations are absorbed by CBI ASC (Prov), see above. Brigadier General Robert C Oliver, Commanding General X AFSC, becomes Commanding General CBI ASC (Prov).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 6 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Tien Ho Airfield at Canton; they claim 5 interceptors shot down. 15 P-40's intercept 21 fighters over Kweilin; 2 P-40's and 2 Zekes are shot down.

SATURDAY, 21 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 14 B-24's, 7 B-25's, and 11 P-40's attack docks and the airfield at Hankow; a large force of fighters, estimated at 50+, attacks the B-24 formation, shooting down 2 of the B-24's; gunners on the B-24's claim 40+ fighters shot down. In the Hengyang area, 19 P-40's battle 33 airplanes, shooting down 5 Zekes. S of Changsha, 9 P-38's clash with 12 Zekes, shooting down 3.

SUNDAY, 22 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 4 P-40's bomb Japanese HQ and a supply dump at Tengchung, and strafe trucks and troops in the area; 2 others strafe road traffic between Tengchung and Lungling.

The 12th Photographic Squadron (Light), Fourteenth Air Force, transfers from Bishnupur, India to Kunming, China with F-5's. The flight which has been operating from Kweilin since Jul will remain there until Sep 43.

MONDAY, 23 AUGUST 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  B-25's fly low-level strike against Myitnge, Burma bridge, knocking out a center span and badly damaging 2 others.

TUESDAY, 24 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 7 B-24's and 6 B-25's, escorted by 22 P-40's and P-38's, bomb airfields at Hankow and Wuchang; 4 B-24's are lost; they claim 24 enemy interceptors shot down.

WEDNESDAY, 25 AUGUST 1943

SE ASIA: Admiral Louis F Mountbatten is appointed Supreme Allied Commander, Southeast Asia.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  8 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Kowloon Docks at Hong Kong.

THURSDAY, 26 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  15 B-24's, with an escort of 17 fighters, bomb Kowloon Docks at Hong Kong; 5 Japanese interceptors are shot down. 5 B-25's, supported by 11 P-40's, bomb Tien Ho Airfield at Canton, China; in a battle with enemy interceptors 1 P-40 is lost; the B-25's and P-40's claim 5 Zekes downed.

In China, the 449th Fighter Squadron is activated at Kunming and is assigned to the 51st Fighter Group. The squadron forms at Lingling and begins training with P-38's.

FRIDAY, 27 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 5 P-40's strafe a large truck convoy between Sintsiang and Yoyang, destroying 5 trucks and damaging 15 others; 1 P-40 is downed by ground fire; 6 other P-40's hit communication lines between Yoyang and Hankow; targets include 2 small steamboats, a gunboat, several railroad cars, and a water tower.

SUNDAY, 29 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  9 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb the airfield at Chingmen, China.

MONDAY, 30 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 13 B-25's, some with P-40 sup- port, attack Owchihkow and Shihshow, blasting fuel stores and several buildings; the P-40's strafe gun positions outside Shihshow; 10 P-38's and P-40's on armored reconnaissance from Sinti to Yoyang to Sienning, strafe and bomb several targets of opportunity; 3 locomotives are exploded and another damaged, a water tank is knocked down, and several railroad stations are heavily damaged. 4 other P-40's attack a convoy E of Hong Kong; 1 freighter is hit amidships, causing heavy damage; 2 other vessels are also effectively damaged.

TUESDAY, 31 AUGUST 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In French Indochina, 7 B-24's bomb Gia Lam Airfield; and 22 P-40's and 2 P-38's bomb a dike near Co Bi barracks. 6 B-25's hit Ichang Airfield, China while 3 others attack an oil storage area to the E; P-40's also hit the oil stores. 3 P-40's claim heavy damage to a freighter off Stonecutter's Island near Hong Kong. In China, 4 P-38's dive-bomb Yoyang railroad yards and Sinti warehouses; a P-38 is shot down by ground fire.

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