November 1943



MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  During Nov, a detachment of the 71st Liaison Squadron, US Army Forces, CBI, based at Ledo, India is sent to Kunming, China with L-4's and L-5's.

During Nov, the detachment of the 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, at Kurmitola, India with A-36's returns to it's base at Dinjan, India.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  6 B-25's and 9 P-40's bomb the Yoyang, China railroad yards.

During Nov, the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group transfers from Kweilin to Hengyang, China with P-40's.

TUESDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  5 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound docks and warehouses at Shasi, China.

WEDNESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 21 B-24's, supported by 30 fighters, pound Kowloon Docks in Hong Kong; 4 Japanese fighters are claimed shot down; 9 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound various targets in the Shihshow-Hwajung-Owchihkow area. 8 P-40's bomb runways and installations at Lashio, Burma.

THURSDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 1993

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  The Chinese-American Composite Wing enters combat on this date. It's B-25's hit Amoy and Swatom, China successfully bombing and strafing ground troops, supply facilities, and shipping; the B-25's claim 4 cargo ships badly damaged and possibly sunk.

FRIDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 459th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, transfers from Karachi to Kurmitola, India with P-38's. They will fly their first mission on 14 Nov.

SATURDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, 2 B-24's lay mines in the Rangoon River during the night of 6/7 Nov.

SUNDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 2 B-25's pound Amoy harbor, claiming several boats sunk. 6 P-40's attack a bridge at Hsiangyangchiao, causing only minor damage.

MONDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, 5 B-24's lay mines in the Rangoon River during the night of 8/9 Nov.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 2 B-25's bomb the Kiungshan airfield, scoring direct hits on 2 hangars; 6 P-40's attack Hsiangyangchiao bridge, causing little damage.

WEDNESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, fighters on armed reconnaissance sink 3 large motor boats in the Yoyang-Sinti area and damage or sink 15 sampans and a barge in the Hwajung-Shasi vicinity.

THURSDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 6 B-24's bomb the Burma Road about 375 miles (600 km) W of Tungling, producing a landslide and badly damaging the road; 6 P-40's S of Yoyang knock out a gun emplacement and hit a radio station, barracks, and hostels in the area; 8 more P-40's, on armed reconnaissance in the Li-Chou-Ching-Shih area, strafe a pontoon bridge and troops, and sink a river steamer, a motorboat, and several small supply boats.

FRIDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 2 B-24's mine the Rangoon River during the night of 12/13 Nov.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 10 B-25's and 24 P-40's attack Yoyang, hitting the warehouse area, railroad yards, and AA positions; 5 B-25's bomb the Yangchi Kang waterfront area and attack waterfront targets at Puchi; 6 B-25's and 12 fighters hit targets at Yoyang; 15 P-40's and a B-25 on armed reconnaissance hit several targets of opportunity in the Lungling area and between Yang-Chia-Kang and Sichai.

SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 1943

ZONE OF INTERIOR: HQ AAF issues an order redesignating Reconnaissance Squadrons as Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, a single B-24 mines the Rangoon River during the night of 13/14 Nov.

MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 20 B-24's are dispatched against the Hong Kong-Kowloon area. Bad weather prevents 15 bombers from bombing the targets; 5 bomb the docks at Kowloon.

TUESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 11 B-24's, 2 B-25's, and 4 P-40's attack the docks at Kowloon; 2 B-25's damage 2 freighters near Nampang and Saint John Island, 2 more score hits on a tanker off the China coast S of Swatow, and 2 others bomb barracks and a warehouse on Nampang Island; 6 P-40's on armed reconnaissance in the Yen Bay-Dong Cuong area of French Indochina strafe railroad stations and barracks; 1 B-25 and 12 P-40's hit a cavalry unit, barge, houses, and numerous sampans at Shihmen; the Li-Chou area also is attacked.

WEDNESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 8 P-40's strafe the airfield and barracks at Kengtung, 4 others hit construction equipment at Dong Cuong Airfield in French Indochina and 8 attack Pingkai and targets of opportunity between Pingkai and Tahsai on the Salween River.

THURSDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 12 P-40's strafe troops and horses and sink a troop barge at Shihmen; 4 others, in support of Chinese forces, strafe the Tahsai ferry.

FRIDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, B-25's on shipping sweeps in the S China Sea strafe 2 vessels off Hong Kong, score damaging hits on 2 vessels at Kiungshan, damage a freighter off Tsao Tao Island, and leave a gunboat and freighter sinking E of Swatow; warehouses and wharves at Swatow also are hit.

SATURDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 1943

ZONE OF INTERIOR (Second Air Force):  HQ XX Bomber Command is activated at Smoky Hill AAFld, Kansas.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 2 B-25's hit warehouses and barracks on Nampang Island; weather prevents completion of several other scheduled missions.

SUNDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 29 P-40's strafe 100+ sampans and small boats on Tungting Lake in the Li-Chou-Changte-Ansiang area; 12 P-40's attack 5 vessels, 20 houses, and 100 men at Shihmen and between Shihmen and Li-Chou; 8 others hit troops and small river boats near Tsowshih; 12 P-40's and 4 B-25's pound the town of Tzeli; 4 other B-25's on shipping sweeps over the S China Sea damage a freighter and blast buildings at Taiping-hsu airfield. The 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, transfers from Hengyang to Kweilin, China with P-40's; a detachment of the squadron is operating from Suichwan.

MONDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 12 P-40's strafe river traffic from Hofuh to Changte, and 16 attack numerous small troop boats on Tungting Lake, W of Changteh.

MEDITERRANEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS:  President Franklin D Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston S Churchill and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek confer in Cairo, Egypt. Talks last until 26 Nov and concern Operation OVERLORD (the overall plan for the invasion of W Europe), the possibility of expanding operations in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, and future operations against Japan. It is decided to make an amphibious landing and offensive in Burma (Operation CHAMPION) and to base B-29's in the China-Burma-India Theater (Operation TWILIGHT).

TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 13 B-25's, 24 P-40's, and 7 P-51's pound the Yoyang railroad yards and warehouse area; 8 other P-40's, on armed reconnaissance over the Hanshow area, strafe barges, boats, supplies, and cavalry forces.

THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 5 B-25's and 16 P-40's bomb Hanshow and strafe 15-20 small boats N of the city; 2 other B-25's attack the harbor and town of Amoy; 2 direct hits are scored on a docked freighter. .

THURSDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In a raid on Rangoon, Burma, B-24's of the 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy), borrowed from the Fourteenth Air Force, are unable to bomb because of bad weather, but B-25's, covered by P-51's, manage to hit Mingaladon airfield, damaging the field and claiming 2 airplanes destroyed. Japanese fighters intercept and in the ensuing battle the B-25's and P-51's claim 2 shot down; 2 P-51's are lost.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 14 B-25's and 16 P-38's and P-51's attack the airfield at Shinchiku, hitting a parking area, hangars, barracks, and other buildings. 32 enemy aircraft are claimed destroyed in the air and on the ground; 16 P-40's on armed reconnaissance over the Hanshow-Chanpte area sink 2 60-ft (18.3 m) boats and 15 sampans and strafe many small supply and troop carrying boats.

The 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, transfers from Hengyang to Chengkung, China with P-40's. A detachment begins operating from Tsuyung, China.

FRIDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 5 B-25's and 16 fighters attack Kiangling airfield; 2 other B-25's damage freighter in Honghai Bay; 12 P-40's attack numerous boats in the Changte-Tehshan area. 8 other P-40's hit railroad yards at Cam Duong, French Indochina.

SATURDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 1943

ZONE OF INTERIOR (Second Air Force):  Brigadier General Kenneth B Wolfe becomes Commanding General XX Bomber Command.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  B-24's, with P-38 escort, and B-25's, covered by P-51's, strike Insein, Burma; Japanese interceptors attack fiercely, shooting down 6 fighters and 3 B-24's; US airplanes claim 19 Japanese fighters downed.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 4 B-25's on sea sweeps attack docks and warehouses at the port of Swatow and hit a convoy of 9 vessels heading S toward Amoy; the B-25's claim 1 destroyer sunk and a destroyer and freighter damaged by direct hits.

SUNDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, B-24's heavily damage the Botataung docks at Rangoon; the B-24's claim 4 interceptors shot down; B-25's pound Sagaing.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 8 P-40's bomb and strafe the barracks area and village on the W bank of the Salween River near Litsaoho; 8 P-40's drop ammunition to besieged Chinese troops at Changte. In French Indochina, 6 P-40's strafe the town area and airfield at Luang Prabang and hit the radio building, barracks, and tower at Tran Ninh.

MONDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 2 B-25's hit the airfield, town area, and warehouse section at Swatow, 2 bomb the power station and nearby targets of opportunity at Amoy, and 2 attack barges in nearby coastal areas; 24 P-40's drop food and ammunition to Chinese troops at Changte, strafe a camp in the Hsutu Lake area, damage a vessel in Tien-hsin Lake and attack numerous small craft in channels between Hsutu and Tungting Lakes and between Tsowshih and Hofuh.

TUESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 6 P-40's bomb a fuel and ammunition dump at Luchiangpa; 8 others strafe several boats on a lake SE of Ansiang; supplies are dropped to Chinese troops in Changte.

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