January 1943



FRIDAY, 1 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, six B-25s attack the railroad bridge near Myitnge, claiming several hits on the target. The nearby airfield is alos bombed.

SATURDAY, 2 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, China Air Task Force fighters continue to hit transportation targets, strafing a truck convoy on the Burma Road. The strikes begin near Loiwing and cover 30 miles of highway. At least five trucks are destroyed and others damaged. Six B-25s bomb Monywa Airfield.

SUNDAY, 3 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   The 9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Tenth Air Force with F-4s, moves from Chakulia to Pandaveswar, India. One flight is operating from Kweilin, China.

MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, heavy bombers from Gaya and Pandaveswar, India pound the marshaling yard at Mandalay, halting the northbound flow of supplies. Tracks and cars in the southern half of the marshaling yard are heavily bombed, causing fires visible for 70 miles. Heavy bombers also damage a 15,000-ton transport at the mouth of the Rangoon River. Meanwhile, one B-25 and nine P-40s hit rail targets at Naba.

TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   The 490th and 491st Bombardment Squadrons (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium) with B-25s move from Karachi to Ondal, India. The units will enter combat on 10 Jan and 18 Feb 43 respectively.

THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In China, P-40s blast fuel storage facilities at Mangshih.

In Burma, China Air Task Force aircraft begin a series of raids, lasting through 10 Jan, during which they destroy trucks along the Burma Road, barges on the Irrawaddy River and stores in the Bhamo area.

The 493d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) moves with its B-24s from Karachi to Pandaveswar, India. The squadron will fly its first combat mission on 26 Jan.

FRIDAY, 8 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, six P-40s bomb and strafe Watugyi and Nsopzup and strafe other targets, Six B-25s bomb the storage area at Bhamo.

SATURDAY, 9 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, five B-25s, with an escort of nine P-40s, bomb Bhamo; other fighters strafe targets of opportunity in the Wanling, Bhamo and Loiwing areas.

SUNDAY, 10 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, six B-24s and B-25s jointly attack the Myitnge bridge, knocking out a span and causing considerable damage to the entire target.

MONDAY, 11 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, fighters attack Bhamo, destroying barges, tugs, warehouses and other port facilities.

In China, the fighters also strafe fuel drums along the road between Chefang and Mangshih and hit a truckful of soldiers near Ho-lu.

FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, six B-24s hit shipping in the Rangoon area, claiming one vessel sunk and another damaged. Six P-40s bomb barges at Bhamo; six others bomb Nsopzup; three more hit footbridges and targets of opportunity at Taihpa Ga, Yupbang Ga, and other points in northern Burma.

SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In China, China Air Task Force P-40s intercept Japanese aircraft that attempt a strike on Yunnani and claim seven Zekes shot down in the air battle. Anticipating that the Japanese planes will land at Lashio Airfield, six B-25s and eleven fighters are sent to that field in the hope of catching the enemy on the ground; finding no aircraft there, the B-25s and fighters attack the town of Lashio. This is the last raid by the China Air Task Force before a fuel shortage grounds the fighters for the remainder of January and the B-25s for 33 days.

In Burma, India Air Task Force B-25s hit Mandalay-Lashio and Sagaing-Ye-u branch railroad lines with three strikes on 16 and 17 Jan, knocking out two important rail hubs. Ten B-25s bomb the railroad yards at Maymyo.

SUNDAY, 17 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, six India Air Task Force B-25s bomb railroad targets of opportuinity north of Monywa; three others bomb the rail junction at Maymyo.

MONDAY, 18 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, eight P-40s and a B-25 of the India Air Task Force attack Kamaing.

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   Two flights of India Air Task Force B-24s depart Pandaveswar, India for raids on Burma and Thailand.

In Burma, one flight of B-24s bombs Thazi, a railroad junction south of Mandalay while 14 P-40s and a B-25 pound Kamaing.

In Thailand, the second flight of B-24s carries out photographic reconnaissance of Kanchanaburi and bombs the docks at Bassein during the return trip. This reconnaissance flight, the largest mission in the CBI Theater to date, reveals construction of a new railline from Thailand to Burma.

WEDNESDAY, 20 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   The 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group with P-40s transfers from Chanyi to Yunnani, China.

FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, nine India Air Task Force P-40s bomb and strafe Nsopzup and hit targets of opportunity south of the town.

MONDAY, 24 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   The 492d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), not previously tried in battle, borrows four B-24s and one crew from the 436th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) and mounts a nine-plane strike docks at Rangoon, Burma. Hits are scored on the wharves, storage areas and a 6,000-ton vessel in the harbor. P-40s bomb and strafe ammunition stores at Shaduzup, Burma.

MONDAY, 25 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, five B-25s of the India Air Task Force bomb the bridge (which the enemy is striving to rebuild) at Myitnge. The southern approach to the bridge is destroyed and repair work on the bridge suspended. Three B-25s add to the destruction at the Mandalay Marshaling Yard, tearing up tracks, wrecking about 75 railroad cars, and setting the freight house aflame. Three other B-25s inflict similar damage on the marshaling yard at Naba. Six B-24s pound the Rangoon dock area.

TUESDAY, 26 JANUARY 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force):   In Burma, seven B-24s bomb shipping and the dock area at Rangoon; 12 B-25s bomb Mandalay Marshaling Yards. Three B-25s and 15 P-40s hit the town area and bridge at Shaduzup, the railroad west of Meza and the Neba Marshaling Yard.

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