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    Kharagpur Airfield West Bengal State India

Location
Kharagpur Airfield is located at Kharagpur in West Bengal State in eastern India.

Wartime History
This airfield was developed as the first overseas base for the 20th AF Bomber Command with the new B-29 Superfortress. On July 7, 1944 Brigadier General LaVern G Saunders takes command. On August 29, 1944 Major General Curtis E. LeMay took command. During late February 1945, the 468th BG begins a movement to new bases on Tinian.

American units based at Kharagpur
118th TRS (P-51 det) Gushkara March 1, 1944 - ?
20th AF HQ USA March 28, 1944 - June 17, 1945 Okinawa
468th BG, 792rd BS (B-29) April 13, 44 - February 8, 45 Tinian
468th BG, 793rd BS (B-29) April 13, 44 - February 8, 45 Tinian
468th BG, 794th BS (B-29) April 13, 44 - February 8, 45 Tinian
468th BG, 795th BS (B-29) April 13 - October 12, 44 Tinian
58th BW HQ Chakulia April 23, 44 - February 8, 45 Hijli

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Last Updated
October 27, 2017

 

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