June 1942



MONDAY, 1 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  5 heavy bombers attack the Rangoon, Burma dock and harbor area, claiming 1 tanker sunk and another left listing.

436th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Karachi to Allahabad, India with B-17Es; first mission is 4 Jun.

WEDNESDAY, 3 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  A flight of 6 B-25s of the 11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), earmarked for China, take off from Dinjan, India for China. They bomb Lashio, Burma en route to Kunming, but afterward 9 crash into an overcast-hidden mountain at 10,000 feet (3,048 m) and another is abandoned when it runs out of fuel near Chan-i, China. The remaining 2 B-25's reach Kunming, China, 1 with its radio operator killed by a fighter.

THURSDAY, 4 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  2 heavy bombers bomb Rangoon, Burma, but are attacked by 10 fighters; 1 heavy bomber is shot down and the other badly damaged. This raid ends 2 months of harassing strikes against Rangoon; soon all heavy bombers are grounded by the monsoons.

11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), is established at Kunming, China with B-25s.

FRIDAY, 26 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  Brigadier General Earl L Naiden becomes Commanding General 10th Air Force, succeeding Major General Lewis H Brereton who departs for the Middle East with Brigadier General Elmer E Adler, Commanding General X Air Service Command, and several other key subordinates. The aircraft and crews of the 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) follow. This move leaves the 10th Air Force almost a skeleton.

SATURDAY, 27 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, moves from Karachi, India to Kunming, China with P-40s.

SUNDAY, 28 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Kunming, China, sends a detachment to operate from Dinjan, India with B-25s.

MONDAY, 29 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  Colonel Robert C Oliver assumes command of the X Air Service Command.

9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (attached to USAMEAF) departs India for Palestine with B-17s. Ground echelon leaves from Allahabad, India and air echelon leaves from Baumrauli, India.

TUESDAY, 30 JUNE 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  11th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at Kunming, China, sends detachments to operate from Kweilin, Hengyang and Nanning, China with B-25s.

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