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    Asansol Airfield West Bengal State India

Location
Lat 23° 40′ 48″ N, 86° 59′ 24″ E  Asansol Airfield was located near Asansol in the Paschim Bardhaman district of West Bengal State in eastern India. Also located near Nigah on NH 19 (Grand Trunk Road).

Wartime History
On April 2, 1942 General Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General 10th Air Force initiates bombing missions against Japanese forces in Burma from Asansol. Earlier in the evening,  a bombing mission against the Rangoon area is aborted when B-17 piloted by Lewellyn crashed on takeoff and the other has mechanical trouble, causing the entire mission to be aborted. Next, on April 3, 1942 six B-17s took off from Asansol to bomb warehouses and docks at Rangoon.

On April 6-7, 10 DC-3's of Pan American Airways begin hauling 30,000 gallons of fuel and 500 gallons of lubricants from Calcutta to Asansol for air operations. This fuel, subsequently transferred via Dinjan Airfield to China, is positioned to potentially refuel Lieutenant Colonel James H Doolittle's B-25 Mitchell force after their raid on Japan.

American units based at Asansol
1st Air Commando Group, HQ Hailakandi May 20, 1944 det Cox's Bazar Oct 15-21, 1944 and Nov 2, 1944 to Yazagyo Jan 11, 1945
1st Air Commando Group, 164th Liaison Squadrons(UC-64, L-5) Sept 1 - Dec 19, 44 Inbaung, Kan, returns Jan 31, 45, Ondaw returns March 31 - April 20, 45 Sinthe returns April 25
1st Air Commando Group, 165th Liaison Squadrons September 1 - ? returns Nov 27, 1944 - Dec 28, 1944 Kawlin, Shwebo returns Feb 19 - March 14, 45 Sinthe
1st Air Commando Group, 166th Liaison Squadrons September 1 - Nov 13, 44 Yazagyo returns Dec 19, 44. Det Arakan Dec 29, 44 - Jan 23, 45 to Sinthe Feb 4 - March 29, 45 Ondaw
6th Fighter Squadron (P-47) ? - returns Dec 24, 1944 det Cox's Bazzar return Oct 21, det Cox's Bazzar Nov 2-8, 44. Det Fenny Dec 1, 44. Det Cox's Bazzar Jan 11-18, 45 returns June 22, 45
5th Fighter Squadron (P-47) ? - Dec 28, 1944 Fenny returns June 22, 45
1st Air Commando Group, 319th Troop Carrier Squadron activated Sept 1 - Dec 4, 1944 - ?
1st ACG, 166th LS (UC-64, L-5) Toungoo May 14, 1945 - ?

Today
Disused as an airfield since the war.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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