October 1942



SATURDAY, 3 OCTOBER 1942

INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF):  The IATF is activated at Dinjan, India to support Chinese resistance along the Salween River by hitting supply lines in C and S Burma; the new task force, commanded by Colonel Caleb V Haynes, includes all AAF combat units in India, all based at Karachi-the 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), the 51st Fighter Group, and the 341st Bombardment Group (Medium).

MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1942

INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF):  The 9th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), returns to Karachi, India from Lydda, Palestine.

SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER 1942

INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF):  HQ 51st Fighter Group and the 26th Fighter Squadron move from Karachi to Dinjan, India with P-40s.

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER 1942

INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF):  B-24s of the IATF stage through Chengtu, China to bomb Lin-hsi, China coal mines; the plan is to blast nearby power stations and pumping facilities and flood the mines; the attack fails to flood the mines but inflicts considerable damage to the target area; this marks the first use of heavy bombers in China and the first AAF strike N of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  The 11th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), based at Kunming with B-25s, sends a detachment to operate from Nanning.

SUNDAY, 25 OCTOBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  12 B-25s and 7 P-40s, led by Colonel Merian C Cooper, hit Kowloon Docks at Hong Kong; 21 aircraft intercept; 1 B-25 and 1 P-40 are shot down; this marks the first loss of a CATF B-25 in combat; the Japanese interceptors are virtually annihilated; during the night of 25/26 Oct 6 B-25s, on the first CATF night strike, continue pounding Hong Kong, bombing the North Point power plant which provides electricity for the shipyards; 3 other B-25s bomb the secondary target, the Canton warehouse area, causing several large explosions and fires.

INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF):  In India, Japanese aircraft attack airfields connected with the the India-China air transport route, heavily bombing Dinjan and Chabua fields and scoring hits also at Mohanbari and Sookerating; 10 US aircraft are destroyed and 17 badly damaged; 9 Japanese aircraft are downed. The 492d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrives at Karchi, India from the US with B-24s; and the 493d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) is activated at Karachi and assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (the 492d and 493d will fly their first mission on 24 and 26 Jan 43 respectively).

MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  CATF B-25s move to W China to carry out the neutralization of Lashio, Burma, where the Japanese have aircraft they are using against the Dinjan, India area; P-40's continue to hit the Hong Kong-Canton area, using dive-bombing tactics for first time in the area.

INDIA AIR TASK FORCE (IATF):  In India, the Japanese again bit airfields in Assam connected with the India-China transport route, concentrating on Sookerating; a freight depot, containing food and medical supplies for China, is destroyed but no US aircraft are lost; due to a lack of warning, no fighters intercept the attacking force.

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