May 1943



SATURDAY, 1 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, the forward echelon of the Fourteenth Air Force, under Colonel Clinton D Vincent and Lieutenant Colonel David L ("Tex") Hill, moves into E China along the Hengyang-Kweilin line. This brings US aircraft within range of all major Japanese-held bases from N China to Indochina and Thailand, and makes shipping in the China Sea more vulnerable to US air strikes.

SUNDAY, 2 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, 17 P-40's intercept 30-40 fighters near Lingling and in a running battle to just N of Changsha claim at least 7 Zekes downed. One P-40 is shot down.

TUESDAY, 4 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, 18 B-24's bomb dock installations, coal yards, and oil storage area at Samah on Hainan Island; 9 B-25's pound docks at Haiphong; 19 P-40's escort B-17's and B-25's to Hanoi and then proceed with B-25's to Haiphong and strafe the target area following the bombing strike.

SATURDAY, 8 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, 16 B-24's and 11 B-25's bomb Tien Ho Airfield, the shop and factory area, and White Cloud Airfield at Canton. The 24 escorting P-40's strafe the target areas following the bombing strikes. Considerable damage is done, including the destruction of about 20 enemy aircraft.

MONDAY, 10 MAY 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 6 P-40's bomb and strafe Kwitu, leaving several areas burning fiercely.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In French Indochina, 8 P-40's fly an offensive sweep against communications in the Nam Dinh and Hanoi areas. Four locomotives and 3 riverboats are destroyed, a train carrying troops and supplies is heavily damaged, and several trucks of troops are destroyed.

TUESDAY, 11 MAY 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, 6 B-24's pound Syriam, causing large fires in the town area.

THURSDAY, 13 MAY 1943

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

SATURDAY, 15 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, 25-35 Japanese bombers and 30-40 fighters attack Kunming. Nearly all of the bombs fall in W and SW of the airfield, causing little damage. 28 P-40's intercept, claiming 13 fighters and 2 bombers shot down.

WEDNESDAY, 19 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   HQ 402d Bombardment Group (Medium) is activated at Kunming, China. No squadrons are assigned and headquarters is never fully manned.

THURSDAY, 20 MAY 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   The 490th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Squadron (Medium) based at Ondal, India begins operating from Chakulia, India with B-25's.

TUESDAY, 25 MAY 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):   HQ 341st Bombardment Group (Medium) and it's 490th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) transfer to Kurmitola, India. Group HQ transfers from Chakulia, India while the 490th, which has been operating from Chakulia, India since 20 May, transfers with B-25's from Ondal, India.

FRIDAY, 28 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, 16 P-40's, operating in 2 forces, dive-bomb railroad yards at Yoyang damaging tracks, warehouses, and the roundhouse.

SATURDAY, 29 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, 9 B-24's bomb Ichang. 4 P-40's hit targets of opportunity in Tengchung and Lungling areas.

SUNDAY, 30 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, 7 B-24's bomb artillery positions S of Ichang. 4 P-40's bomb and strafe Tengchung and targets of opportunity along the Burma Road and at Lamaing, Burma; 8 others on offensive sweep strafe several targets of opportunity in the Ichang area; 11 others hit riverboats at Shasi and trains NE of Yoyang.

MONDAY, 31 MAY 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):   In China, 9 B-24's, escorted by US and Chinese P-40's, bomb Ichang Airfield. The heavy bombers and fighters shoot down 5 fighters of an intercepting group of about 20. 1 Chinese P-40 is lost. 6 P-4O's on armed reconnaissance over the Siaokan area blast a train and strafe a troop concentration.

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