September 1942



WEDNESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  In China, P-40s hit barges and junks carrying rice in the Poyang Lake region, strafe HQ and runways at Nanchang Airfield, attack railroad stations and warehouses at Hua Yuan, and sink a launch, damage 4 junks, and wreck a train on Wuchang Peninsula.

THURSDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  In French Indochina, 1 B-25 dumps bombs and pamphlets on Hanoi in the first US raid against that city; munitions, supplies, and several parked aircraft are destroyed or damaged; 9 interceptors pursue the B-25s for about 30 miles (48 km) but fail to make contact; for the next 3 weeks, bad weather and inaccurate Chinese weather forecasts severely limit bomber operations.

WEDNESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  HQ 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) moves from Dum-Dum to Karachi, India.

TUESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (10th Air Force):  HQ 341st Bombardment Group (Medium) and the 490th and 491st Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) are activated at Karachi, India with B-25s; also assigned are the 11th and 22d Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) at Kunming, China and Karachi respectively with B-25s.

SATURDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  In China, B-25s strike Lungling; the raid is ineffective due to bad weather but results in the discovery of much Japanese activity which further reconnaissance reveals as part of a heavy movement of enemy and supplies along the Burma Road toward the Salween front.

FRIDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  4 B-25s, with an escort of 10 P-40s, attack Hanoi, French Indochina; the strike force is intercepted by 10 fighters but the B-25s place several bombs on the runway at Gia Lam Airfield; the P-40s claim at least 9 fighters shot down. In China, CATF bombers fly 11 missions during the remainder of Sep and early Oct to support Chinese ground forces attempting to hold the Japanese on the W bank of the Salween River.

SATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (CBI) THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF): 4 B-25s devastate the village of Luchiangpa in SW China.

SUNDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 1942

CHINA AIR TASK FORCE (CATF):  4 B-25s over SW China blast Mengshih, claiming about 30 trucks and 400 troops destroyed; The B-25s also bomb Tengchung, leaving it aflame; 3 flights of P-40s strafe targets of opportunity along the Burma Road, claiming 15 trucks destroyed and 5 barracks groups damaged.

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