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    Chakulia Airfield Jharkhand State India

Location
Chakulia Airfield was located southwest of Chakulia in the Purbi Singhbhum district of Jharkhand State in India.

Construction
Built by the British construction company Das & Mohanty Construction Company using contractor Digar Pramotha Nath Mohanty.

Wartime History
During late 1942, used to conduct raids against the Japanese in Burma and also as a ferry point for flights into China. On April 2, 1944 the first operational B-29, piloted by Colonel Leonard F Harman, landed at Chakulia Airfield.

American Units Based at Chakulia
10th AF, 9th PRS (F-4) Karachi November 30, 1942 - January 3, 1943 Pandaveswar
341st BG, 490th BS (B-25) Ondal May 20 - May 25, 1943 Ondal
341st BG, HQ Ondal May 20 - May 25, 1943 Ondal
341st BG, 491st BS (B-25) ? - January 10, 1944 Yangkai
341st BG, 22nd BS (B-25) ? - January 8, 1944 Yangkai
10th AF, 118th TRS (P-51 detachment) Gushkara March 1, 1944
40th BG, HQ USA April 2, 1944 - ?
40th BG, 25th BS (B-29) USA April 11, 1944
58th BW, HQ ? - April 23, 1944 Kharagpur

Postwar
At the end of the war, the airfield was turned over to the British colonial government. Used as a civilian airport, but today disused.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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