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    Ling Ling Airfield (Lingling, Yungchow)  China

Location
Lat 26°22'0" Long 111°32'0" located near Ling Ling on the Chinese mainland. Wartime spelling "Lingling".

Wartime History
Occupied by USAAF fighters during late March 1943 that immediately go into action defending the area.

On April 1, 1943 nine Japanese fighters are intercepted in the Lingling area by P-40's, claiming 7 shot down and one P-40 lost. On April 24, 13 P-40's intercept 25 fighters near Lingling and shoot down 5. On May 1, 17 P-40's intercept 30-40 fighters near Lingling and in a running battle to just N of Changsha claim at least 7 Zekes downed. One P-40 is shot down.

On June 26, 1944, Japanese aircraft bomb Lingling Airfield. On Septmeber 4, 1944 six B-25s, with P-51 support, considerably damaging the town of Lingling. On September 5-10, B-25s attack targets of opportunity in the area.

Japanese and American missions against Lingling
June 26, 1944 - June 10, 1945

American Units Based at Lingling
23rd FG, 75th FS (P-40s) Yunnani March 31, 1943 - ? returns June 10-25, 44 (P-51s)
23rd FG, 76th FS (P-40s) Kunming May 13 - August 1, 43 returns June 1- July 1, 44 (P-51s)
23rd FG, 74th FS (P-40, P-51) Kweilin / Liuchow Sept 12, 1944 - ?
341st BG, 11th BS (B-25 detachment) Kunming June 21, 1943 - June 1944
51st FG, 449th FS (P-38 C.O. Col. Holloway ) Kunming Aug 26 - Sept 1, 43 Hengyang / Kweilin

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Last Updated
September 24, 2018

 

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