September 1943



WEDNESDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  A detachment of the 9th Photographic Squadron (Light), Tenth Air Force, based at Pandaveswar, India begins operating from Dinjan, India with F-4's and F-5's.

The 459th Fighter Squadron is activated at Karachi, India and assigned to the 80th Fighter Group. The squadron begins training with P-38's.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 7 B-25's, supported by 8 P-40's, attack a Japanese destroyer at Shihhweiyao; no hits are scored on the ship but considerable damage is done to the surrounding dock area; 6 P-40's sink a small tanker down river from Ichang, damage 2 large boats between Ocheng and Shihhweiyao, and strafe cavalry troops at Ocheng; 3 other P-40's heavily damage a small ship at Swatow harbor and strafe the nearby airfield; 3 P-38's and a P-40 dive-bomb and strafe barracks at Yangsin, demolishing 3 buildings; and 2 nearby locomotives are also destroyed. The fighter-bombers then heavily damage a small steamer at Wuchang, sink 1 tug and damage another at Kutang, and blast a train and an AA position S of Puchi.

During Sep 43, HQ 23d Fighter Group transfers from Kunming to Kweilin, China.

During Sep 43, detachments of the 449th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group based at Lingling, China operate from Hengyang and Kweilin, China with P-38's.

THURSDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  10 B-25's and 5 P-40's bomb Hong Kong hit- ting the Kowloon area and attack shipping off Stonecutter's Island and in the Lai Chi Kok area.

FRIDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  11 P-40's and 2 P-38's blast the barracks area at Pho Lu, French Indochina.

HQ 68th Fighter Wing and 69th Bombardment Wing are activated at Kunming, China. Neither unit will be manned until Dec 43.

SATURDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  10 B-25's and 11 P-40's pound Tien Ho airfield at Canton, China; 3 of 15 intercepting Zekes are shot down.

SUNDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  15 fighter-bombers pound the marshalling yard SE of Lao Kay, French Indochina; 16 others hit barracks in the city.

MONDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 6 fighter-bombers attack wharves, vessels, and destroy a small factory building in the Yoyang-Shihhweiyao area; 5 others hit trucks, trains, gun emplacements, and railway facilities in areas around Sintsiang and Puchi.

TUESDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  B-25's attack Gokteik Viaduct, Burma, causing minor damage.

WEDNESDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, 6 B-24's mine the Rangoon River during the night of 7/9 Sep; and B-25's hit Gokteik Viaduct for the second consecutive day, scoring 5 hits at the base of the structure, which remains usable.

THURSDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  B-24's again mine the Rangoon River in Burma during the night of 8/9 Sep.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 8 B-25's and 11 P-40's hit the White Cloud Airfield at Canton; 4 P-38's bomb the docks at Whampoa; 8 P-40's and P-38's hit shipping on the Yangtze River shipping near Chiuchiang, Kichun, Wusueh, Ocheng, and Changanyi, and strafe targets of opportunity in the general area.

FRIDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  B-25's again bomb Gokteik Viaduct in Burma. The approaches are battered but the viaduct remains usable. The detachment of ground personnel of the 491st Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), at Gaya, India returns to it's base at Chakulia, India.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 10 B-25's and 7 P-40's hit a cotton warehouse N of Wuchang and docks at Hankow; 9 of 20 intercepting Zekes are claimed destroyed; 9 P-38's bomb docks at Whampoa.

SATURDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 10 B-25's and 11 P-40's attack the Hankow docks and Wuchang cotton mills; and 3 P-38's bomb ammunition and fuel depots at Tayeh and strafe warehouses and barracks at Yangsin.

SUNDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, transfers from Karachi to Jorhat, India with P-40's. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on 16 Sep.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In China, 8 P-38's bomb shipping in the Hong Kong area, 4 hit Yangtze River traffic at Chiuchiang, and 4 P-40's strafe barracks and destroy a locomotive W of Shihhweiyao.

TUESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  HQ 311th Bombardment Group (Dive) and it's 382d Bombardment Squadron (Dive) arrive at Nawadih, India from the US with A-36's. The group will fly it's first combat mission on 16 Oct.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  15 B-24's are dispatched to Haiphong, French Indochina. The first flight aborts due to bad weather but the second flight reaches the target area and bombs docks and shipping. 4 P-38's severely damage 2 vessels at Chiuchiang, China.

The 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, transfers from Dinjan, India to Yunnani, China with P-40's. The squadron's detachment at Jorhat, India also transfers.

WEDNESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  5 B-24's attack a cement plant at Haiphong, French Indochina; 50+ Japanese fighters attack the B-24's, shooting down 4 of them; the 1 returning B-24 claims 10 fighters downed. 6 B-25's and 14 P-40's attack a cotton mill in the Wuchang, China area.

THURSDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  8 B-25's and 12 P-40's hit warehouses, barracks, ammunition dumps, and HQ at Liujenpa, China.

FRIDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 383d and 385th Bombardment Squadrons (Dive), 311th Bombardment Group (Dive), arrive at Nawadih, India from the US with A-36's. The 383d will enter combat on 16 Oct.

SATURDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 1943

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

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  4 B-25's and 7 P-40's attack rail yards and blast furnaces at Shihhweiyao, China.

MONDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, B-24's bomb Sagaing and Naba. The 384th Bombardment Squadron (Dive), 311th Bombardment Group (Dive), arrives at Nawadih, India from the US with A-36's. The squadron will fly it's first mission on 17 Oct.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  27 Japanese bombers and 20 fighters attack the airfield at Kunming, China; 24 P-40's and 3 P-38's intercept, claiming 17 airplanes shot down; 1 US fighter is lost; damage to the airfield is negligible.

The 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, transfers from Kweilin to Hengyang, China with P-40's.

TUESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  8 B-25's and 8 P-40's attack railroad yards and warehouses at Chiuchiang, China, causing considerable destruction.

WEDNESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  In Burma, B-25's attack the Ye-u branch line railroad bridge over the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa. Negligible damage is done to the target.

SATURDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 436th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Bishnupur, India to Panagarh, India with B-24's.

WEDNESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  In Burma, 9 B-24's bomb Myitkyina and Sadon during routine ferry trips over the Hump.

THURSDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force):  The 311th Bombardment Group (Dive) is redesignated 311th Fighter-Bomber Group. The 385th Bombardment Squadron (Dive) is disbanded at Nawadih, India; the 382d, 383d and 384th Bombardment Squadrons (Dive) are redesignated 528th, 529th and 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadrons.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force):  2 B-25's and 4 P-40's claim heavy damage to a gunboat at Ft Bayard, China.

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