March 1943



MONDAY, 1 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 46 P-40s hit targets of opportunity in the Nsopzup area and throughout the Hukawng Valley.

TUESDAY, 2 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, more than 20 B-24s pound targets. Seven splinter part of the Ahlone docks and destroy a nearby warehouse, 6 hit the Mahlwagon roundhouse, and 9 attack the bridge at Pazundaung, tearing up its S approach. Six B-25s, with P-40 escort, hit a camp and storage area at Lamaing while 24 B-25s, also with fighter escort, pound Myitkyina.

WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 13 B-24s bomb the Mahlwagon marshalling yard and the dock area at Rangoon. Nine others attack the Pazundaung railroad bridge but fail to knock it out. Six B-25s bomb the railroad sheds at Maymyo.

THURSDAY, 4 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 3 B-25s bomb the railroad facilities at Ywataung.

SATURDAY, 6 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 4 B-24's bomb shipping near Pagoda Point, scoring near misses. On the return flight, they strafe the lighthouse on Alguada Reef, a lightship off China Park, and a radio station at Diamond Island. Three B-24s intending to bomb Pazundaung bridge fail to reach the target; 1 manages to bomb the airfield at Pagoda Point. The others return to base without bombing. Six B-24s unsuccessfully attack the Myitnge bridge.

SUNDAY, 7 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 12 B-25's attack Gokteik Viaduct, causing only minor damage.

The 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth Air Force, transfers from Chabua, India to New Delhi, India.

MONDAY, 8 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 12 B-25s strike at the Myitnge bridge and AA positions. Results are poor. Four B-24s bomb Bassein docks. P-40s hit military targets near Pebu and Wan-hat.

TUESDAY, 9 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, P-40s hit the town area and bridge at Mogaung. Many fires are started and the bridge is severely damaged.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, heavy bombers strike the Rangoon area at 2 points. Five B-24s hit the Pazundaung bridge; 4 others pound runways, buildings. and revetments at Mingaladon Airfield. After the attack, several fighters attack the flight. The heavy bombers claim 3 shot down. The China Air Task Force (CATF) is is absorbed by the Fourteenth Air Force (see below).

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, the Fourteenth Air Force is activated at Kunming assigned to U.S. Army Forces, China-Burma-India Theater. This new Air Force is responsible for all USAAF units in China; Major General Claire L. Chennault is named Commanding General.

P-40s from Kunming fly armored reconnaissance into Burma, crossing the Salween River and covering areas SW of Lashio.

THURSDAY, 11 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 7 B-25s bomb the Myitnge bridge, causing little damage.

FRIDAY, 12 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 6 B-24s attack Pazundaung bridge, causing negligible damage.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   The 74th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group with P-40's transfers from Kunming, China to Yunnani, China.

SATURDAY, 13 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 4 B-24s attack and slightly damage the Pazundaung bridge.

SUNDAY, 14 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 4 B-24s bomb the Moulmein docks. Eight B-25s hit the oft- bombed Gokteik Viaduct but the structure remains serviceable.

MONDAY, 15 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 8 B-25s bomb the Gokteik Viaduct and 8 others attack Myitnge. Neither target suffers effective damage. Eight fighter-bombers damage the bridge at Kadrangyang.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, 12 B-25's bomb the power plant and railroad yards at Luo Kay.

TUESDAY, 16 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 6 B-24s damage the approaches to the Pazundaung bridge. Eight B-25s attack the Myitnge bridge, scoring at least 2 hits, but the structure remains intact. P-40's hit positions north of Sumprabum.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, P-40s strafe the Mong Yaw storage area and docks, warehouse area, and rail-river terminal (for phosphate mines) at Lao Kay.

WEDNESDAY, 17 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 8 B-25s again attack the bridge at Myitnge, damaging the northern approach. Fourteen P-40s hit bridges at Kadrangyang and northeast of Myitkyina and the motor pool at Hpunkizup. The motor pool suffers considerable damage.

THURSDAY, 18 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 16 P-40's bomb and strafe the stronghold of Seniku, claiming a high enemy casualty rate. Seven others attack Nalong. Sixteen B-24's bomb the Pazundaung bridge, causing considerable damage to the structure. Eight B-25's damage the Myitnge bridge; 8 other B-25's hit AA positions in the Myitnge general area.

A detachment of the 9th Photographic Squadron (Light), Tenth Air Force begins operating from Dinjan, India.

FRIDAY, 19 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 8 B-25's score 4 direct hits on the bridge at Myitnge, rendering it unserviceable. A single P-40 uses a 1,000-lb bomb against the bridge near Mogaung in a test to see if the fighter can carry such "blockbusters" and deliver them effectively. Despite negligible damage, suffered by the target, both the carrying and releasing of the bomb are considered successful.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, 12 B-25's, with an escort of 6 P-40's, bomb the power plant and railroad yards at Lao Kay. The P-40's strafe the target area and a barracks s few miles down the Red River.

SATURDAY, 20 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 7 B-25's again attack the Myitnge bridge, inflicting little additional damage to the structure.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   HQ 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and it's 373d, 374th, 375th and 425th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy) with B-24's arrive in China from the U.S. The 308th and 425th are based at Kunming; the 373d at Yangkai; and the 374th and 375th at Chengkung. The four squadrons will fly their first combat mission on 4 May.

SUNDAY, 21 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 15 B-24's pound the Gokteik Viaduct, causing considerable damage to the structure. Six other B-24's, unable to bomb the viaduct due to haze and clouds, attack the previously damaged bridge at Myitnge. P-40's again dive-bomb targets in the Mogaung area, using 1,000-pound bombs for the second time. Three of the fighters bomb the town area, causing heavy destruction over 2 blocks. Three others attack the bridge south of town, claiming damaging hits in the area. Others attack targets of opportunity in northern Indochina.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, P-40's strafe the Lao Kay phosphate mine area and targets of opportunity in the vicinity.

MONDAY, 22 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 17 B-25's, operating in 2 forces, bomb the Gokteik Viaduct. Several damaging hits are scored on the base and structure. Seven B-25's pound the Thazi rail junction. Considerable damage is caused to warehouses, yards, sidings, tracks, and rolling stock.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, P-40's again strafe the phosphate mine area at Lao Kay.

TUESDAY, 23 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb barracks, warehouse, railroad tracks, and the airfield at Meiktila.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, P-40's strafe the operations building at Dong Cuong and hit troop trucks between Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang.

WEDNESDAY, 24 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 23 B-24'a and 2 B-17's (the B-17's attack from 50 feet) attack the bridge at Myitnge but fail to score damaging hits. Eight B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Maymyo.

THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Maymyo for the second consecutive day. Considerable damage is done although the main shed is not hit.

FRIDAY, 26 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 6 B-24's mine the Rangoon River during the night of 26/27 Mar. Six others fly a diversion raid on the city of Rangoon, scoring hits on Mingaladon Airfield, between the central railroad station and Pazundaung Creek, and in the Syriam area.

SATURDAY, 27 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 5 B-24's mine the Rangoon River for the second consecutive night.

MONDAY, 29 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 4 B-24's bomb shipping and dock area at Tavoy. Nine B-25's bomb the Maymyo railroad yards, 7 P-40's blast possible Japanese HQ north of Maingkwan. Eight others pound positions WNW of Sumprabum.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In Burma, P-40's strafe trucks at Bhamo and fuel drums at Chefang, China.

TUESDAY, 30 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 5 B-25's bomb the Maymyo railroad yards, scoring hits on machine shops, sheds, and tracks. Sixteen P-40's hit targets of opportunity at Npyentawng, Wuja, and Mohnyin.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, P-40's strafe 8 locomotives southwest of Lashio, exploding 3 of them.

WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb the marshalling yard at Pyinmana, blasting railroad tracks and warehouses.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   The 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group with P-40's transfers from Chenyi to Kweilin, China.

The 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group with P-40's transfers from Yunnani to Lingling, China.

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