February 1943



MONDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 7 B-24s of the India Air Task Force from Pandaveswar, India bomb the Arakan tea sheds on the Rangoon River near Rangoon harbor.

The 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Tenth Air Force, with F-4s, is based at Pandaveswar, India with a detachment at Kunming, China. A detachment of the detachment begins operating from Kweilin, China sometime in February 1943. On 6 Feb 43, this squadron is redesignated the 9th Photographic Squadron (Light).

TUESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, P-40s strafe aircraft, AA positions and targets of opportunity at Kentung.

The 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth Air Force, attached to the India-China Wing, Air Transport Command, with C-47s arrives at Chabua, India from the U.S.

THURSDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 6 B-25s, bombing from 6,000 feet, and 7 B-24s, bombing from 14,500 feet, attack the Myitnge bridge south of Mandalay, damaging the southern approach; 3 other B-25s bomb the Myitnge railroad shops.

FRIDAY, 5 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 6 B-24s bomb the railroad station area at Rangoon. P-40s bomb a railway cut west of Meza, and having blocked the line, strafe a halted train. Six B-25s attack the Myitnge bridge but fail to knock out the target but damage the approaches. P-40s hit targets of opportunity in the Kentung area.

SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 16 fighters follow the Mali River to Hpunkizup where they destroy about 20 trucks loaded with bridge repair equipment and completely decimate the village. Heavy bombers attack the bridge at Myitnge but fail to seriously damage the target.

MONDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 18 B-24s of the India Air Task Force pound the Rangoon marshalling yard, wrecking locomotive ships and destroying the railroad station. Three other B-24s bomb the runway at Mingaladon.

WEDNESDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 8 B-25s bomb rolling stock at Maymyo.

FRIDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 7 B-24s of the India Air Task Force pound the Myitnge bridge area but fail to damage the bridge itself. This strike marks the first use of 2,000 pound blockbusters in the CBI Theater. Twelve other B-24s bomb the Mahlwagon marshaling yard and railway station at Rangoon. Twelve P-40s hit barracks near Lonkin.

SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 7 heavy bombers from Gaya, India bomb the Rangoon marshalling yard, scoring over 30 direct hits on the target. P-40s hit a headquarters at Lonkin, buring 12 barracks. Nine B-25s hit rolling stock in the marshalling yard at Paukkan and along the rail line from Shwebo to Sagaing.

SUNDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, B-25s unsuccessfully attack the bridge at Myitnge. Fourteen P-40s hit the town area of Maingkwan and the barracks to the southwest.

MONDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, B-24s strike the bridge at Myitnge for the second consecutive day but cause little damage.

TUESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 18 P-40s hit targets of opportunity in the Nsopzup and Hpunkizup areas.

WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   The 2d Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth Air Force with C-47s arrives at Yangkai, China from the U.S.

FRIDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, P-40s dive-bomb a Japanese HQ at Hpunkizup and afterwards strafe a rail defile south of Meza, burying about 100 feet of track. Five B-25s bomb the rail terminal at Sagaing.

SATURDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 17 P-40s bomb a factory, oil tanks, and railroad tracks at Sahmaw. Thirteen B-24s attack the Gokteik Viaduct but fail to damage the structure.

MONDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, B-24s mine the Gulf of Martaban between Pagoda Point and the mouth of the Rangoon River during the night of 22/23 Feb. Twenty four B-24s and RAF Liberators fly a diversionary strike against the city of Rangoon and the Mingaladon Airfield.

TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 8 P-40s knock out the railroad bridge west of Myitkyina. Several B-24s attack the bridge at Myitnge; the strike fails to damage the structure itself but batters the southern approach.

In India, 46 Japanese bombers and fighters are intercepted over Chabua Airfield by P-40s. In a running battle, the P-40s claim at least 14 aircraft shot down.

WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, P-40s knock out the southern span of the railroad bridge northeast of Pinbaw.

THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, fighters from Dinjan dive-bomb a bridge 10 miles (16 km) west of Myitkyina. A single span is knocked out and another damaged. B-24s again fail to damage the Myitnge Bridge.

In India, more than 40 Japanese aircraft attack Dinjan Airfield; 32 intercepting P-40s claim 14 destroyed and 15 probably destroyed.

The 436th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) with B-24s transfers from Gaya, India to Bishnupur, India.

FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, Dinjan, India based P-40s hit a bridge northeast of Pinbaw, destroying a span and damaging other parts of the bridge.

The 492d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) with B-24s transfers from Gaya, India to Bishnupur, India.

SATURDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 24 P-40s bomb and strafe Waingmaw. Direct hits are scored on a warehouse and fuel and ammunition dump.

SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, P-40s from Dinjan, India knock out a bridge near Kazu and bomb and strafe Nsopzup. Eight B-25s hit the Thazi railroad junction.

In China, 6 B-25s from Kunming, with fighter escort, bomb a storage area at Mangshih.

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