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April 1943
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THURSDAY, 1 APRIL 1943
CARIBBEAN (Sixth Air Force) The 3d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 6th Bombardment Group (Heavy) with B-24's transfers from David Field to Talara Field.

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) A joint directive by Commander-in-Chief, Pacific and Commanding General Western Defense Command orders preparations for Operation LANDGRAB, the invasion of Attu. Sixteen B-24, 5 B-25, and 12 P-38 sorties are flown against Kiska from Adak and Amchitka. Targets include a ship in Gertrude Cove, the North Head area, the Main Camp and the beach. AA fire damages two bombers. Reconnaissance covers Kiska, Attu, Buldir, and Semichis. During April, the 73d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 28th Composite Group with B-25's transfers from Elmendorf Field to Umnak.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 16 B-25's bomb the Maymyo railroad sheds. Eight others hit the railroad yards at Ywatsung.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) nine Japanese fighters are intercepted in the Lingling by P-40's, claiming 7 shot down and one P-40 lost.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) 42 fighters (P-38's and Navy and Marine aircraft) are sent over the Russell Islands to intercept Japanese enroute to Tulagi / Guadalcanal, and the incomplete airstrips in the Russells. A large IJN strike force from the 204th, 251st and 582st Kokutai attack. Including, Aichi D3A Type 99 (Val) carrier based dive-bombers, with Mitsubishi A6M2 Type 0 carrier fighter, Model 21s (Zeke) from the IJN Carrier Division Two (CARDIV 2), commanded by the IJN Rear Admiral Kakuta Kakuji, which included the carriers ZUIKAKU, SHOKAKU, and the ZUIHO. The IJN CARDIV 1 was composed of the carriers RYUJO, JUNYO, and HIYO. Aircraft from all of these carriers had been shore based since February to replace the relocation of the Fourth Kokutai transfer of its aerial assets of approximately 200 aircraft to Wewak. The air battle lasts for nearly 3 hours. Six US fighters are lost, against claims of 20 Japanese airplanes destroyed. Shot down is P-38 piloted by Young.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's attack a convoy off Kavieng, Gasmata Airfield and Cape Gloucester Airfield. B-17's attack the town of Madang. Flights of from l to 3 medium or heavy bombers hit several other targets, mostly isolated shipping and coastline targets in the Netherlands East Indies and in the Solomon Sea.

FRIDAY, 2 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Eighteen B-24's bomb Kiska including North Head. Six B-25's, 16 P-38's, and 24 P-40's in six missions from Amchitka to Kiska, bomb the Main Camp and submarine base areas. Four B-24's bomb the runway at Attu. All aircraft, including two B-25's colliding in the air, return safely.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's hit the Thazi railroad junction. A detachment of the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group with P-40's which has been operating from Sadiya, India since Nov 42 transfers to Jorhat.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) In the Solomons, P-38's and P-40's attack and set fire to a small cargo vessel in Kokolope Bay.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, A-20's hit the Kitchen Creek area and the Labiabi-Duali area. Single B-24's attack Salamaua, Finschhafen and the bridge at Rempi. Single B-24's hit Gasmata Airfield and Cape Gloucester Airfield.

SATURDAY, 3 APRIL 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 17 B-25's, operating in 2 forces, bomb the Myitnge bridge, scoring hits on both approaches.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, A-20's hit Kitchen Creek while single B-24's bomb Korindindi. In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's pound shipping and the airfield at Kavieng while single B-24's bomb Kavieng. Lost in an aerial collision are P-40E piloted by Moose and P-40E piloted by Hunter.

RAAF: Lost is Hudson A16-169 (KIA, BR)

SUNDAY, 4 APRIL 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's hit the Maymyo engine sheds. Nine others bomb the Pyawbwe railroad yards. Seven B-24's heavily damage the Thilawa oil refinery.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher assumes the position of Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOL) which has operational control of all Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), USAAF, USMC and USN aircraft in the South Pacific. A detachment of the 18th Photographic Squadron (Heavy), 4th Photographic Group with B-25's begins operating from Espiritu Santo.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, B-25's and A-20's pound areas along the Huon Gulf, around Kitchen Creek and the Heaths and Lane Plantations. Single B-17's bomb Salamaua. In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's bomb the town area and airfield at Kavieng. Single B-17's bomb Cape Gloucester. Lost is B-26 "Old Timer" 40-1392.

MONDAY, 5 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Reconnaissance covers all islands west of Kiska with negative results. 16 B-24's and 6 B-25's bomb the Attu runway and Kiska Main Camp and runway. Four P-38's fly top cover. Later, three B-25's, 16 P-40's, and 16 P-38's bomb Kiska again.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) Seventeen B-25's bomb railroad targets at Mandalay; two others hit Ngamya. Three B-24's bomb the Prome railroad yards; 5 hit the Mahlwagon yards and roundhouse. 12 P-40's and a B-25 support ground forces in northern Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In Burma, P-40's on armored reconnaissance strafe 15 horse-drawn wagons at Wanling.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Single B-17's attack occupied areas at several points along the coast of the Huon Gulf, hit Finschaffen bomb Madang and other points on the north coast of New Guinea and hit Cape Gloucester.

NEIAF - After an armed reconnaissance of the north coast of Timor, lost is B-25D N5-140.

TUESDAY, 6 APRIL 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) The 333d Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group with P-39's transfers from Canton to Hilo.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 6 B-24's attack Pazundaung bridge, damaging the S approach.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) The 70th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group based on Fiji but operating from Guadalcanal with P-39's, transfers to Guadalcanal.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER F OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb the town area and AA positions at Salamaua. Single B-17's bomb Finschhafen. Single B-17's bomb Gasmata while another strafes Cape Gloucester.

WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) In the Aleutians, the reconnaissance airplane aborts shortly after takeoff due to weather.

BURMA AND INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 2 B-25's temporarily knock out a bridge on the Ye-u railroad branch, crossing the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa. Eighteen B-25's, in 2 forces, bomb the Ywataung Marshalling Yard. P-40's support ground forces N of Shingbwiyang. Six B-24's bomb Japanese HQ at Toungoo.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) A large force over a hundered Japanese dive bombers and fighters is reported by coast watchers to be moving down the "Slot." In its path is a convoy off the eastern coast of Guadalcanal, shipping off Koli Point, and the Task Force at Tulagi. Every operable fighter (76) on Guadalcanal is sent up, and the bombers are moved to the SW tip of the island for safety. The main air battle takes place off the Russells, near Tulagi, and over the convoy. USAAF P-38's and P-39's and Marine and Navy F4F's and F4U's claim 39 aircraft shot down, 13 by USAAF fighters. Allied losses total 7 fighters including P-39 42-4274. Damaged is USS Kanawha (AO-1), which sinks the next day, Sunk is HMNZS Moa and Aaron Ward (DD-483).

USMC - On his first combat mission, F4F Wildcat pilot 1st Lt. James E. Swett, shot down seven D3A Vals over Tulagi. He's the first American to achieve this score in a single mission. Lost is TBF-1 Avenger 47545.

IJN: Operation I-Go Sakusen A large force over a hundered Japanese D3A dive bombers and fighters attack Tulagi. Lost are D3A2 Val 3014, D3A2 Val 3018 and D3A2 Val 3041.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's hit areas along the NE coast from Mur to Singor. B-24's bomb Babo Airfield and town area of Fak Fak. Single heavy bombers attack shipping and coastal targets at Lae, Salamaua, Finschhafen and Wewak; Cape Gloucester and Kavieng and off Lorengau.

USMC: Lost is F4F 12084 (survived)

THURSDAY, 8 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) A weather airplane scouts Kiska and islands west of it with negative results.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb Meiktila Airfield; Six B-24's attack the airfield at Heho Airfield; and Ft Bayard Airfield is strafed by 9 P-40's. Enemy stores at Ningam are hit by 4 P-40's and a B-25.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) HQ 11th Bombardment Group and it's four squadrons, the 26th, 42d, 98th and 431st Bombardment Squadrons with B-17E's and F's, transfer from Espiritu Santo to Hawaii. Group HQ and the 431st BS go to Hickam Field; the 26th BS to Bellows Field, the 42nd BS to Kualoa Point and the 98th to Mokuleia.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's and B-24's carry out small harassing strikes, bombing Ulamoa, Finschhafen, and the airfield at Kavieng. Lost on a ferry flight is B-26 40-1417. Also lost is C-49 "Calamity Mary Jane" Serial Number 41-7694.

USN - Lost after take off on a night navigation mission is PB4Y-1 31989.

FRIDAY, 9 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) A B-24 flies reconnaissance over Kiska, Attu and the Semichis. P-40's fly reconnaissance over Kiska.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb and strafe the airfield and town and dock areas of Madang. A-20's hit the Kitchen Creek-Mubo area. Single B-17's attack barges at Bogia, Alexishafen and Finschhafen and hit the town of Wewak. A single B-17 strafes vehicles at Lorengau.



SATURDAY, 10 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) A weather reconnaissance B-24 observes four unidentified aircraft near Segula. Three B-25's, 17 P-40's, and 6 P-38's fly 5 attack missions to Kiska, and negative searches for the unidentified airplanes at Segula. The last mission finds Kiska closed in and returns with bombs.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's continue to fly harassing strikes as 3 of the heavy bombers hit Kahili Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's pound the town and dock area of Wewak. Lost is B-24D "Tyrannosaurus Rex / Redaz" 41-24068. Some of the B-17's also bomb Cape Boram and Kairiru Island while some of the B-24's hit Alexishafen and shipping off Wewak. B-25's pound the harbors at Bobia and Uligan. A lone B-17 strafes barges SE of Bogia and trucks at Cape Croisilles while another bombs the airfield at Arawe. The 8th Bombardment Squadron (Dive), 3d Bombardment Group (Dive) with A-20's transfers from Port Moresby to Dobodura. On 25 May 43, the group and it's 4 squadrons will be redesignated Bombardment Group/Squadron to reflect it's true mission.

SUNDAY, 11 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Four B-25's, twenty-two P-40's, and eight P-38's hit Kiska five times. The last mission aborts due to weather. The other four missions bomb various targets starting large fires. Some fighters strafe Little Kiska.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) P-38's and Navy fighters strafe gun positions in the Rekata Bay area. B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield and Ballale Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's bomb Lae and Finschhafen. Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen 3 times and hit Madang once. Enemy airplanes attack Oro Bay and destroy two merchant vessels. In Timor, B-25's hit Vila Salazar and another village. Lost returning from a mission to Wau is P-39 piloted by Cohen.

MONDAY, 12 APRIL 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) 3 B-25's, 24 P-40's, and 13 P-38's fly seven missions to Kiska. The fighters also strafe Little Kiska. AA fire damages 1 P-40 and 1 P-38. The P-38 force-lands safely.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's hit the airfield at Magwe. P-40's bomb and strafe the ammunition and supply dump at Walawbum.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In Burma, P-40's strafe more than 20 vehicles 25 mi (40 km) E of Loiwing.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) Single B-24's continue snooper strikes, hitting Kahili Airfield twice during the evening. The 68th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group with P-40's (and some P- 39's) transfers from Guadalcanal to Fiji but continues to operate from Guadalcanal until Dec 43.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's and B-17's pound the airfields at Rabaul and Gasmata, shipping in the Saint George Channel, and targets of opportunity in the Ubili and Talasea areas. B-24's and B-17s hit shipping in Hansa Bay and sink Sydney Maru and hit the airfields at Lae Airfield and Nubia Airfield and Bogia harbor. B-24's, operating individually, attack several targets, scoring hits on the Madang dock area and at Toeal. Lost are B-17E "Blue In The Night" 41-9209, P-38G 42-12857, P-38G 43-2382.

(IJN) “Operation I-GO” Japanese navy aircraft including forty Bettys escorted by over a hundred Zeros attack the Port Moresby area. Convoy "Hansa No. 28" departs Palau bound for Hansa Bay. It includes: Subchaer CH-26, Subchaer CH-34 destroyers Tanikaze and Amatsukaze escort transports: Teiryu Maru, India Maru, Toho Maru, Sydney Maru, Taisei Maru and Taiyu Maru.

TUESDAY, 13 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Fifteen B-24's, fifteen B-25's, 28 P-38's and 20 P-40's fly eleven attacks to Kiska; 43 tons of bombs are dropped on the Main Camp, North Head, and runway. Fighters attack the Main Camp causing large fires, and also strafe aircraft on the beach. Heavy AA fire damages 2 P-38's, 1 of which later crashes into the sea, and 1 B-25.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb the Myitnge bridge without inflicting further damage to the structure. Nine others hit Monywa Airfield. Six P-40's knock out a bridge at Shaduzup.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) P-38's and Navy aircraft bomb Munda Airfield and strafe a barge at Bambatana. Ditched is B-17E "Lucky 13" 41-2413.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe the Labiabi area while a single B-l7 bombs the runway at Finschhafen.

WEDNESDAY, 14 APRIL 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Thirty P-40's, seventeen P-38's, nine B-24's and six B-25's fly 10 missions to Kiska, bombing and strafing the runway, North Head area, installations, parked seaplanes, and facilities on Little Kiska.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) P-40's dropping 1,000 pound bombs hit Myitkyina Airfield and Manywet Airfield, rendering the runways at both unusable.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe pack horses S of Tengchung, barracks and warehouses in Lungling, and cattle and trucks N of Lungling.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, heavy and medium bombers carry out widespread but unsuccessful attacks on individual enemy vessels. Japanese aircraft carry out a heavy attack on the Milne Bay area, severely damaging 1 vessel, beaching 1 vessel, and hitting 2 others, but doing very little damage to USAAF facilities in the area. AA defenses and the 40+ P-40's and P-38's that intercept the enemy strike claim 14 airplanes shot down. Dick Bong becomes a double ace when he gets his 10th kill, a Betty. Lost is P-38F 42-12849 (KIA).

USMC: Crashed is F4F Wildcat 11789 pilot Allen killed in the crash.

THURSDAY, 15 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Reconnaissance over Kiska, Attu, Semichis, and Agattu spots no new enemy activities. Two bomber missions from Adak and eleven fighter missions from Amchitka, composed of 23 B-24's, 20 B-25's, 25 P-38's, and 44 P-40's, hit Kiska; 1 F-5A takes photos; 85 tons of bombs are dropped. Fires result on North Head and Little Kiska. One B-24 is shot down in flames and four bombers receive battle damage.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) Ten B-25's bomb the Mandalay Marshaling Yard; 9 more bomb the marshaling yard at Ywataung. Eight B-24's hit the Thilawa oil refinery while 7 others hit Prome.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) The 390th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) with B-25's arrives on Henderson Field from the U.S.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's bomb the airfields at Rabaul and Gasmata Airfield. B-17's bomb the airfield at Lae. The 7th and 8th Fighter Squadrons, 49th Fighter Group with P-40's transfer from Port Moresby to Dobodura.

IJN: Sunk is India Maru.

FRIDAY, 16 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Kiska is bombed and strafed 13 times. A total of 13 B-24's, 12 B-25's, 32 P-40's, 29 P-38's, and 2 F-5A's cover targets which include installations in the Holtz Bay area and gun positions on North Head at Kiska.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, P-40's, bombing a railroad bridge near Mogaung, score a direct hit on the target and blow up both approaches, leaving the bridge temporarily unserviceable. Later in the day the bridge near Pinbaw is demolished by direct hits. Eight B-24's hit the Rangoon Marshaling Yard, nine B-25's bomb the Thazi rail junction, while 9 more, weathered out of Maymyo, hit rail targets in Mandalay.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe a group of buildings E of Tenchung.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's bomb Kaimana, Wewak, Madang, and Lae. B-17's pound shipping at Wewak, leaving 3 vessels sunk or in sinking condition. In Timor, B-25's bomb Vila Salazar. Lost are B-25C "Chatterbox " 41-13088 and B-24D 41-24077.

SATURDAY, 17 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Seven B-24's bomb and score 8 direct hits on the runway and gun emplacements at Attu. One B-24 and 2 F-5A's abort due to weather. Four B-25's, thirty-one P-38's, and fourteen P-40's hit Kiska nine times, bombing installations and strafing gun emplacements and 3 parked airplanes. An American listening post in Aleutian Islands intercepts a radio message announcing that Admiral Yamamoto is taking a tour of Japanese bases in the South Pacific.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 7 B-25's bomb the Myitnge bridge, scoring 4 damaging hits. Ten others hit the Myitnge railroad works. Sixteen P-40's damage the bridge at Kamaing, attack the town of Nanyaseik, and score hits on the N approach to the bridge at Namti. Six B-24's damage the S approach to the Pazundaung railroad bridge.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-17's during the night of 16/17 April fly a strike against Kahili Airfield. HQ 18th Fighter Group transfers from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal. Lost is P-40E 40-564.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's bomb Amboina. A single B-24 scores hits on the northwest shore of Hollandia Bay. Lost in an aerial collision is B-17F 41-24425.

SUNDAY, 18 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) In the Aleutians, 22 P-38's (some flown by Royal Canadian Air Force pilots) and 37 P-40's hit Kiska 9 times. The submarine base and gun emplacements on North Head are bombed and gun emplacements near the submarine base are silenced.

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) The 371st and 372d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group based at Wheeler Field with B-24's begin operating from Funafuti.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe an enemy-held supply village SE of Tengchung.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) "Operation Peacock": G4M1 Betty carrying Admiral Yamomoto is intercepted by sixteen P-38 Lightning's led by Major John W. Mitchell (2 others abort) on a low-level, circuitous, over-water trip from Guadalcanal to a spot up the Bougainville coast to intercept Admiral Yamamoto who, according to US intelligence, is on an inspection trip in the S Pacific and is due at Ballale at 0945 local. Admiral Yamamoto's punctuality is calculated to allow the interception to take place at 0935 local. Two hours and 15 minutes after takeoff at 0725 local, the P-38's having flown at almost sea level find the flight of 2 Betty bombers and 6 Zero escorts. The 4-aircraft attack section under Captain Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr. attacks the bombers. The Zekes spot the attacking P-38's at about 1 mi (0.6 km) and try in vain to cut off the attack and bombers attempt to escape. In the air battle, P-38G 43-2238 piloted by Captain Lanphier and P-38G "Miss Virginia" 43-2264 piloted by 1st Lt Rex Barber shoot down the bomber carrying Yamamoto. G4M1 Betty 2656. The other G4M1 Betty Tail T1-326 is also shot down and ditches. Lost is P-38G piloted by Hine.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb Penfoei Airfield. Single B-24's hit the Finschhafen and Saidor areas. A detachment of the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group based at Kipapa Field begins operating from New Guinea with P-70's.

MONDAY, 19 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Nine missions involving 14 B-24's, 12 B-25's, 32 P-40's, and 23 P-38's are flown to Kiska. The first mission is weathered out of the primary target, Attu, and directed to Kiska. Bombing and strafing concentrates on 4 grounded ships and the submarine base area where fires are started. One ship, believed to serve as a power station, is set afire.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) P-40's hit bridges in Burma, seriously damaging the Namti railroad bridge between Mogaung and Myitkyina. Nine B-24's bomb Rangoon main railroad station.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Single medium or heavy bombers bomb Hollandia Airfield, Lae Airfield, Cape Gloucester Airfield and Gasmata Airfield.

TUESDAY, 20 APRIL 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Ten bombing and strafing missions by 15 B-24's, 16 B-25's, 10 P-38's, and 32 P-40's hit shipping in Kiska Harbor and gun positions in North Head. Other targets include buildings in the Main Camp area and the runway.

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) Twenty-two B-24's, from Funafuti carry out a photo-bombing mission over Nauru. Several direct hits on runways and the dispersal areas are claimed.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Thazai.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's bomb Wewak, Nubia, and Boram Airfields and shipping off Wewak. B-24's bomb Kaimana and targets of opportunity on Kendari.

WEDNESDAY, 21 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Commander North Pacific Forces (NORPACFOR) places all Army and Navy Air Forces [Task Group (TG) 16.1] under Brigadier General William O. Butler, Commanding General Eleventh Air Force. The Army Air Striking Unit (Eleventh Air Force) is designated Task Unit 16.1.1 (TU 16.1.1) and the Naval Air Search Unit (Patrol Wing Four) is designated TU l6.l.2. Two P-38's take off for Kiska but abort the mission.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the railroad yards at Maymyo, and 9 more bomb the area around the Myitnge bridge. In Thailand, 16 B-24's are dispatched to bomb the Bangsue Arsenal and other targets in Bangkok, but only 4 reach the target area and loose bombs over the city.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, B-25's bomb Kaimana and Laga. Single B-17's attack coastal villages in NE New Guinea and hit Ubili and Gasmata.

THURSDAY, 22 APRIL 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) In the Ellice Islands, the airfield on Funafuti is bombed twice during the night of 21/22 Apr by the Japanese. Two B-24's are destroyed and 5
others damaged.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) HQ 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) arrives in Fiji from the U.S. Lost is B-25 piloted by Brunson (MIA, one rescued)

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) A-20's and B-25's pound the Lababia-Duali area on Nassau Bay. Single B-17's bomb the Dobo and Nubia area, and strafe Ubili. Ditched on a training flight is A-20A "Strawberry Roam" 40-173.

USN - USS Grenadier SS 210 is scuttled by her crew and taken prisoner.

Qantas: Lost is S23 "Camilla' VH-ADU.

FRIDAY, 23 APRIL 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) In the Gilberts, 12 B-24's from Funafuti attack Tarawa, bombing fuel storage and barracks areas. After this mission, the 371st and 372d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group cease operating from Funafuti and return to their base at Wheeler and Kahuku respectively. The 78th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group with P-40's transfers from Midway to Barking Sands.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) Nine B-25's bomb the Mandalay warehouse area. Five P-40's damage the approaches to the bridge at Shaduzup.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe a 15-truck convoy SW of Lungling.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) The 390th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) with B-25's transfers from New Caledonia to Fiji. Ground looped is B-17F "Aztec's Curse" 41-24457.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Single B-24's bomb the airfield and town area at Finschhafen and score a direct hit on a cargo vessel southeast of Kavieng.

SATURDAY, 24 APRIL 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Two P-38's bomb and strafe personnel near Mutton Cove on Kiska. Weather cancels other missions.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's, escorted by 11 P-40's, bomb the Namtu mines and railroad yards. 7 of the P-40's strafe the mine and smelter area. In China, 13 P-40's intercept 25 fighters near Lingling and shoot down 5.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Single B-24's bomb the runway at Cape Gloucester Airfield. B-24's bomb Kendari Airfield. In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe positions in the Mubo area. Single B-24's attack Lae, Gumbi, and Singor. B-25's pound Dili Airfield.

SUNDAY, 25 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) 15 B-24's, 12 B-25's, 32 P-40's, 23 P-38's, and 1 F-5A fly 12 missions to Kiska and Attu. Targets include Holtz Bay, North Head, South Head, the beach areas, the runway, shipping, and the submarine base.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 11 B-25's attack the Ywataung railroad yards and vicinity. The 492d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group transfers with B-24's from Bishnupur to Panagarh.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) Three B-24's fly a harassing strike during the night of 25/26 Apr against Kahili Airfield. 12 others bomb the same target later during the night. The 394th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group with B-24's, based on Fiji begins operating from Guadalcanal.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's bomb Wewak Airfield, Madang Town and Saidor. A-20's bomb and strafe positions at Green's Hill. Single B-24's hit Madang Airfield and Finschhafen.

MONDAY, 26 APRIL 1943

RAAF: Lost is Catalina A24-43.

TUESDAY, 27 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) In the Aleutians, 1 B-25 unsuccessfully investigates a reported submarine 4 mi (6.4 km) W of Bay Island. Four P-38's bomb the Main Camp, then scout Buldir. Lost is B-17E 42-30681

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 19 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Thazi. P-40's hit positions S of Sarenghkyet.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's pound Vila and Ballale Airfield. B-17's hit Kahili Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Heavy bombers, operating individually, attack vessels off Cape Gloucester, Cape Goltz and Gasmata. A-20's bomb and strafe forces in the Green's Hill-Mubo area. B-25's bomb a village near Beru. Heavy bombers, operating individually, attack vessels NNW of Dobo and Nabire and small vessels and targets of opportunity in the Marienberg, Wewak, and Finschhafen areas. Lost is P-40K "Swing It" 42-45981.

WEDNESDAY, 28 APRIL 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) In Burma, 9 B-25's pound the docks at Monywa; 10 others attack river traffic in the Katha vicinity.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, about 20 Japanese medium bombers and a like number of fighters attack airfields at Kunming. High winds prevent bombing accuracy and little damage is done to Kunming Airfield. Several Chinese villagers near the field are killed. Defending P-40's shoot down 10 aircraft.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) 3 B-24's continue snooper missions, bombing the airfield at Kahili.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, B-25's attack 2 vessels NNW of Dobo. Single B-17's hit buildings N of Finschhafen Airfield, Wilwilan village, and targets of opportunity along the coast of NE New Guinea from the Nankina River to Mur. HQ and it's 528th, 529th, 530th and 531st Bombardment Squadrons arrive in Australia from the U.S. Group HQ, and the 528th and 530th Squadrons are based at Fenton; the 529th and 531st are at Manbulloo. The group is assigned to the Fifth Air Force but will be attached to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) until Jan 45. One of it's primary missions is the training of RAAF crews in operating the B-24. The group will fly it's first mission on 21 May 43.

NEIAF - Lost attacking ships is B-25D N5-135.

THURSDAY, 29 APRIL 1943

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) Lost on an escort mission over Buin is P-38G 43-2218.

(Fifth Air Force): Lost is P-38 piloted by McIntyre.

FRIDAY, 30 APRIL 1943

CARIBBEAN (Sixth Air Force) The XXXVI Fighter Command, based at Waller Field, Trinidad is disbanded.

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) 4 B-25's, 17 P-38's, and 7 P-40's fly 4 missions to Kiska. Only the P-38's get through and blast Gertrude Cove, Main Camp, the submarine base and a ship.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) 16 B-25's pound the Gokteik Viaduct, damaging the north end. Four others bomb the Maymyo railroad yards. Five B-24's bomb the Sule Pagoda wharves at Rangoon. Four P-40's and a B-25 hit Mohnyin, while 6 P-40's attack a camp south of Weshi.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) 5 B-17's bomb a bivouac area and revetments at Kahili Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Single B-24's bomb Lae and Cape Gloucester Airfield and Gasmata Airfield. Crashed after take off is B-25C "Spook II / Onkle Rafe" 41-12969. Lost is B-24D "Czech'em" 42-40352.

 

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