October 1943



FRIDAY, 1 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  During Oct, HQ 80th Fighter Group and it's 88th Fighter Squadron transfer from Karachi to Nagaghuli and Mokelbari, India respectively with P-40's.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  21 B-24's, supported by 21 fighters, bomb a power plant, the warehouse and dock area at Haiphong, French Indochina. 40-65 fighters intercept, shooting down 2 US aircraft; 30 fighters are claimed destroyed by the Fourteenth in the air battle.

SATURDAY, 2 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  5 P-40's dive-bomb and strafe Yangtze River shipping in the Chiuchiang, China area. Strafing damages several small craft.

HQ 51st Fighter Group transfers from Dinjan, India to Kunming, China and is reassigned from the Tenth to Fourteenth Air Force.

SUNDAY, 3 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 7 P-40's damage a 250-ft (76.2 m) vessel on the Yangtze River near Chiuchiang; 4 P-38's bomb Chiuchiang docks; 6 B-24's damage a 100-ft (30.5 m) coastal freighter off Tonkon Point on Hainan Island.

A detachment of the 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, based at Hengyang, China begins operating from Suichwan, China with P-40's.

MONDAY, 4 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  17 Japanese bombers and 25 Zekes attack Kweilin Airfield, China. The bombs, dropped from 20,000 feet (6,096 m), fail to hit the target. AAF fighters fail to make effective contact with the force.

TUESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, a few B-25's and P-40's attack a foundry at Shihhweiyao; damaging hits are scored on a barrack, on AA positions, blast furnaces, hoppers, and a steam plant. 10 USAAF fighters intercept a force of about 50 Zekes W of Kweilin, shoot down 1 enemy fighter; the enemy force turns back.

WEDNESDAY, 6 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 7 P-40's from Suichwan intercept an attacking force of 27 bombers and 21 Zekes; 1 bomber and 1 fighter are shot down, and the attackers retire in the direction of Canton without dropping their bombs.

THURSDAY, 7 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  4 B-25's attack a 2,500-ton freighter 100 miles (160 km) S of Amoy, China scoring 3 direct hits; the vessel is left burning and listing. 9 B-24's and 22 fighters hit a cement plant at Haiphong, French Indochina causing heavy damage to the kiln building. The 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, transfers from Dinjan, India to Kunming, China with P-40's.

FRIDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  9 B-24's, supported by 20 P-40's, bomb Gia Lam Airfield in French Indochina. While on ferry mission over the Hump, 3 B-24's bomb Tengchung, China scoring hits on warehouses, barracks, and a HQ area.

SATURDAY, 9 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  4 B-25's on a shipping sweep off the SE China coast in the Amoy-Quemoy area sink a 150-ft (45.7 m) tanker and damage a patrol vessel, and a freighter. 1 B-25 crashes into a hill and explodes. 10 P-40's bomb fuel storage and barracks at Mangshih, China; 1 P-40 is downed by ground fire.

SUNDAY, 10 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  7 B-24's pound the Meza railroad bridge in Burma, destroying the 3 spans on the E end and dropping the end of a central span into the river.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  20 B-24's and 18 P-40's pound docks at Haiphong, French Indochina. In China, 8 P-40's bomb a match factory and ammunition dump at Tengchung; 8 others hit a supply dump and targets of opportunity in the Lungling area.

MONDAY, 11 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  HQ 311th Fighter-Bomber Group transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan, India.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  8 B-24's bomb the town areas of Tengchung, China, and Sadon and Myitkyina, Burma.

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

TUESDAY, 12 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  5 B-24's bomb the warehouse area and railroad yards at Myitkyina, Burma.

WEDNESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  Japanese fighters appear in strength over Sumprabum, Burma to attack over-the-Hump flights. The enemy evades US patrols and shoots down 3 transports. A fighter-bomber offensive against airfields in Burma from which fighters might operate against Hump transports opens with an attack by P-40's on Myitkyina.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  3 B-25's on a sea sweep off SE China hit shipping in Amoy harbor, claiming 1 freighter sunk and another damaged.

THURSDAY, 14 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 4 B-25's attack shipping in the Amoy area, damaging 2 freighters, and also bomb Amoy Airfield.

FRIDAY, 15 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, transfers from Karachi to Gushkara, India with P-40's. A detachment will operate from Sadiya, India during Oct.

SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  Fighter patrols are increased from 4 to 8 aircraft with little effect on enemy marauders over the Hump. 3 A-36's fail to return from a mission over Sumprabum, Burma.

SUNDAY, 17 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  Heavy and medium bombers bomb Naba, Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  7 B-24's bomb Htawgaw, Burma.

MONDAY, 18 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan, India with A-36's.

TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth Air Force, transfers from New Delhi to Sookerating, India with C-47's.

The 529th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan, India with A-36's.

WEDNESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The bridge at Meza, Burma, being repaired after being damaged severely on 10 Oct, is attacked and damaged by B-25's.

THURSDAY, 21 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, based at Dinjan, India with A-36's sends a detachment to operate from Kurmitola, India.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  6 B-24's bomb Nawlang, Burma; the barracks area is blasted by at least 3 direct hits. 6 P-40's pound the barracks area at Kunlong, China.

FRIDAY, 22 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, a B-25 strike against a railroad bridge on the Ye-u branch line over the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa fails to damage the structure. This raid marks the final assault of the year on this bridge.

SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  B-25's bomb the Meza, Burma railroad bridge, which is still being repaired following the damaging raid of 10 Oct; damage is done to the approaches.

SUNDAY, 24 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  14 B-24's and 13 P-40's pound a barracks area at Co Bi, French Indochina. 8 B-24's bomb Htawgaw, Burma while on a ferry flight over the Hump.

MONDAY, 25 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In French Indochina, 6 P-40's strafe shipping at Haiphong, claiming 3 small boats sunk and damaging 6 larger boats; 2 B-25's and 4 P-40's attack shipping in the Gulf of Tonkin, claiming a 150-ft (45.7 m) tanker sunk and 200-ft (61 m) freighter damaged.

MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 71st Liaison Squadron, US Army Forces, CBI, transfers from Ramgarh to Ledo, India with L-4's and L-5's.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  13 B-24's and 15 P-40's pound railroad yards at Haiphong, French Indochina. In China, 2 B-25's attack several vessels at Kiungshan, claiming 4 sunk or badly damaged; later 6 more B-25's hit shipping nearby, claiming 1 freighter sunk; the airfield at Kiungshan is strafed by 1 of the B-25's.

The 21st Photographic Squadron (Light), Fourteenth Air Force, based at Kunming, China with F-4's and F-5's, sends a fight to operate from Suichwan, China.

WEDNESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  6 B-24's bomb the city of Tungling, China and claim 8 intercepting Zekes shot down.

THURSDAY, 28 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 7 B-24's bomb Mangshih; 6 P-40's strafe a warehouse and revetments at Yoyang Airfield; 3 B-25's and 7 P-38's hit a barracks at Ft Bayard; and 2 B-25's on a shipping sweep over the S China Sea damage 2 freighters near Saint John Island and sink a junk W of Kwangchow Wan.

FRIDAY, 29 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  14 B-24's and 16 P-40's pound the smelter area at Quang Yen, French Indochina. In China, 2 B-25's bomb the administration building and runway at Ft Bayard airfield; 9 P-40's on offensive reconnaissance in the Chiuchiang area strafe a 200-ft (320 m) steamer and attack a train, destroying the locomotive.

SATURDAY, 30 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 7 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound the motor pool and barracks at Shayang; 9 P-38's hit the Chiuchiang dock area; 2 interceptors are shot down.

SUNDAY, 31 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, in an attempt to knock out the Japanese base from which fighters are attacking ferrying operations, P-40's carrying 1000-pound (454 kg) bombs fly 4 strikes against Myitkyina; following the bomb runs, the fighters strafe AA positions; the attacks cause considerable damage to the base; B-25's attack the Meza railroad bridge, scoring hits on the approaches but missing the structure; the bridge remains unusable due to damage caused by the 10 Oct strike.

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