Lat 22°59′21.86″N Long 87°17′59.00″E Piardoba Airfield is located in Bankura District in the state of West Bengal in India. Located roughly 6.6 miles south of Bishnupur.
Built as an airfield for B-24 Liberator operations. During December 1943, Advance Army Air Forces echelons arrived at Piardoba to upgrade the airfield using thousands of Indian laborers to upgrade the facility for use as one of four B-29 Superfortress bases in India.
The first B-29s of the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bombardment Group operating B-29 Superfortresses began arriving during the middle of April 1944 flying from Walker Field in Kanas via Brail, West Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Karachi before arriving at Piardoba. Supporting them were the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Bomb Maintenance Squadrons, 13th Photo Lab, and the 86th Air Service Group.
The 462nd BG's first mission was flown on June 5-6, 1944 against the Makasan railroad yards in Bangkok. This involved a 2,261 mile round trip, the longest bombing mission yet attempted during the war. On June 15, 1944 the group initiated "Operation Matterhorn", the bombing of Japan, staging via Chengtu to bomb Yawata.
When the 20th Air Force ceased operations from India during April 1945, the airfield was turned over to the 10th Air Force and used until the middle of July 1945.
American units based at Piardoba
462d BG, HQ USA April 7, 1944 - February 26, 1945 West Field
462nd BG, 768th BS (B-29) USA April 16, 1944 - inactivated Oct 12, April 1, 1945 West Field
462nd BG, 769th BS (B-29) USA April 19, 1944 - inactivated Oct 12, April 1, 1945 West Field
462nd BG, 770th BS (B-29) USA April 19, 1944 - inactivated Oct 12, April 1, 1945 West Field
462nd BG, 771st BS (B-29) USA May 13, 1944
- inactivated Oct 12, April 1, 1945 West Field
8th PRG, 9th PRS (F-5) Myitkyina May 1, 1945 - ?
33rd FG, HQ Sahmaw May 5, 1945 deactivated
3rd CCG, 12th CCS (UC-64s, L-1s, L-4s and L-5s)
Dinjan May 12 - July 10, 1945 Kunming
10th AF, HQ
Myitkyina May 15, 1945
- August 1, 1945 Kunming
71st Liaison Squadron (UC-64s, L-1s, L-4s and L-5s) ? - July 10-25, 1945
Piardoba Airfield was officially closed on September 26, 1945 and turned over to the British colonial government.
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February 4, 2018