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    Ling Ling Airfield (Lingling, Yungchow)  China
Location
Lat 26°22'0" Long 111°32'0" Ling Ling Airfield was located to the south of Lingling in Hunan Province in central China. Also known as Lingling or Yungchow. During World War II, Allied spelling was "Lingling".

Wartime History
In late March 1943 occupied by USAAF fighters 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 August 26, 1943–September 1, 1943 Hengyang / Kweilin

Today
Still in use today as Lingling Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: ZGLG IATA: LLF.

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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