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    Dinjan Airfield Assam State India

Location
Lat 27°30′0″N Long 95°10′0″E  Dinjan Airfield was located near Dinjan (Dinjaygaon) in Assam State in northeast India.

Wartime History
Dinjan Airfield was the terminus of the Assam-Burma ferry route for aircraft. During early 1942, used as an Allied fighter base. After the fall of Lashao and Myitkjina, Dinjan was within range of enemy fighters and bombers.

During early April 1942, ten Pan American Airways DC-3 begin hauling 30,000 gallons of fuel and 500 gallons of lubricants from Calcutta to the Asansol, completing the mission on the following day. This fuel, was subsequently transferred from Asansol via Dinjan to China, is for use by the "Doolittle's Raiders" when after they land in China.

On June 3, 1942 six B-25s of the 7th BG, 11th BS take off from Dinjanto bomb Lashio then land at Kunming, most crash enroute, only two arrive.

On Febuary 25, 1943 more than 40 Japanese aircraft attack Dinjan Airfield; 32 intercepting P-40s claim 14 destroyed and 15 probably destroyed.

On October 3, 1942 the India AIr Task Force (IATF) under the command of Caleb V. Haynes is activated at Dinjan, India to support Chinese resistance along the Salween River by hitting supply lines in Burma The IATF includes all AAF combat units in India. In response, on October 25, 1942 Japanese aircraft from Lashio attack bomb Dinjan.

On December 13, 1943 twenty Japanese bombers, escorted by 25 fighters, hit Dinjan Airfield before US interceptors make contact; however, little damage is done and the US fighters catch the attackers shortly afterward; 12 Japanese bombers and 5 fighters are claimed shot down

Dinjan is used as a forward airfield for the remainder of the war.

Allied units based at Dinjan
7th BG, 11th BS (B-25 det) Kunming June 28, 1942 -
51st FG, HQ Karachi October 10, 1942 - October 2, 1943 Kunming
51st FG, 26th FS (P-40) Karachi October 10, 1942 - October 7, 1943 Kunming
311th Fighter-Bomber Group, HQ Nawadih October 11, 1943 - July 6, 1944 Tingkawk
311th FBG, 530th FBS (A-36, P-51) Nawadih Oct 18, 1943 - October 21, 1944 Kwanghan
311th FBG, 529th FBS (A-36, P-51) Nawadih Oct 19, 1943 - August 23, 1944 Pungchacheng
10th AF, 315th TCS (C-47) activiated Dinjan January 1 - 10, 1944 Sylhet
10th AF, 20th TRS (P-40 det) Kisselbari May 1 - June 20, 1944 Kisselbari
8th PRG, 9th PRS (F-5 det) Barrackpore Sept 43 - May 20, 1944 Barrackpore
3rd CCG, 10th CCS (C-47) June 3, 1945 Myitkyina
3rd CCG, 11th CCS (C-47) Sylhet June 6, 1944 - May 14, 1945 Yunnani
3rd CCG, 12th CCS (C-47) Fenny June 6, 1944 -
10th AF, 443rd TCG, HQ Sookerating July 9, 1944 -
3rd CCG, HQ Sylhet August 2, 1944 - June 3, 1945 Myitkyina
443rd TCG, 2nd TCS (C-47) ? - August 14, 44 Shingbwiyang, ret June 1 - Aug 24, 45 Chihkiang
443rd TCG, 1st TCS (C-47) Warazup June 1 - Aug 28, 1945 Chihkiang
433rd TCG, HQ ? - October 8, 1944 Ledo
2nd ACG, 317th TCS (C-47 det) Kalaikunda January 8 - 13, 1945 - Kalaikunda
10th AF, 71st Liaison Squadron (ground echelon) Myitkyina April 24 - May 12, 1945 Piardoba
10th AF, 115th Liaison Squadron (ground echelon) Myitkyina April 24 - May 9, 1945 Nagaghuli
443rd TCG, 315th TCS (C-47) Ledo May 10, 1945 - ?
443rd TCG, HQ May 11, 1945 - ?
10th AF, 427th NFS (P-61) Myitkyina May 25 - August 13, 1945 Liuchow

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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