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October 1943
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FRIDAY, 1 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): During Oct, HQ 80th Fighter Group and it's 88th Fighter Squadron transfer from Karachi to Nagaghuli and Mokelbari respectively with P-40's.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 21 B-24's, supported by 21 fighters, bomb a power plant, the warehouse and dock area at Haiphong. 40-65 fighters intercept, shooting down 2 US aircraft; 30 fighters are claimed destroyed in the air battle.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): In the Solomon , 24 B-24's bomb a supply and bivouac area N of Vila airfield. B-25's and P-38's join US Navy (USN) dive bombers in a strike on a barge depot at Kakasa on Choiseul. Lost is B-24D 42-72794 (2 MIA)

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): A-20's and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft bomb and strafe the Finschhafen area as the Australian 9 Division pours more troops into the assault on the town. B-25's strafe a power boat near Gasmata. Force landed is P-47D "Sweetwater Swatter" 42-8066.


SATURDAY, 2 OCTOBER 1943


CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Five P-40's dive-bomb and strafe Yangtze River shipping in the Chiuchiang area. Strafing damages several small craft. HQ 51st Fighter Group transfers from Dinjan to Kunming and is reassigned from the Tenth to Fourteenth Air Force.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 6 B-25's join USN dive bombers in attacking Hamberi Cove barge hideout near Vila .

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-25's strafe villages in the Talasea area and barges off Gasmata; B-26's bomb Hoskins Airfield; and a B-24 bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield. Thirteen B-24s from the 380th Bomb Group bomb Ambon, Japanese claim one bomber, but none are lost. Lost on a weather reconnaissance mission is B-24D 42-41066. Australian forces take the town and harbor of Finschhafen and prepare to take nearby commanding positions still held by the Japanese. The 6th Troop Carrier Squadron transfers from Port Moresby to Garbutt Field with C-47's.


SUNDAY, 3 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Seven P-40's damage a 250' vessel on the Yangtze River near Chiuchiang; Four P-38's bomb Chiuchiang docks; Six B-24's damage a 100' coastal freighter off Tonkon Point on Hainan. A detachment of the 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, based at Hengyang begins operating from Suichwan with P-40's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): P-39's strafe several barges west of Choiseul.

USN - USS Henley DD-391 is sunk by Japanese submarine RO-108 off Cape Cretin.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-25's continue to hit barges along the west coast of New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago. The 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, ceases operating from Port Moresby and returns to their base at Dobodura No 12 with P-38's.


MONDAY, 4 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 17 Japanese bombers and 25 Zekes attack Kweilin Airfield. The bombs, dropped from 20,000 feet, fail to hit the target. AAF fighters fail to make effective contact with the force.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 23 B-24's, covered by 16 P-38's and several USN F4U's, bomb Kahili Airfield; 20-30 fighters intercept, and a running battle occurs between Bougainville and Vella Lavella; US fighters and bombers claim 9 fighters downed; no American losses are suffered. Four P-39's and four F4U's sink 18 barges in a strike along the west coast of Choiseul. The P-39's are especially effective because of their nose cannon.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-25's bomb and strafe barges, small craft, and villages on Vitu in the Bismarck Archipelago. The 22d Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, transfers from Port Moresby to Garbutt Field with C-47's.

TUESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, a few B-25's and P-40's attack a foundry at Shihhweiyao; damaging hits are scored on a barrack, on AA positions, blast furnaces, hoppers, and a steam plant. 10 USAAF fighters intercept a force of about 50 Zekes W of Kweilin, shoot down 1 enemy fighter; the enemy force turns back.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): Lost is B-25D "Flying Ginny / Bette" 41-30017.

WEDNESDAY, 6 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Seven P-40's from Suichwan intercept an attacking force of 27 bombers and 21 Zekes; 1 bomber and 1 fighter are shot down, and the attackers retire in the direction of Canton without dropping their bombs.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Eight P-39's and eight USN F4U's strafe barges off the west coast of Choiseul. 24 B-25's of the 42nd BG and 14 P-38's carry out a low-level strike against Kahili Airfield at dusk dropping parafrag bombs, damaging or destroying several parked aircraft. Lost is B-25D 41-30567 and B-25C 42-64563.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-25's sweep along coastal areas of New Britain and through to the N and W, bombing and strafing targets of opportunity.

THURSDAY, 7 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Four B-25's attack a 2,500-ton freighter 100 miles (160 km) south of Amoy, scoring 3 direct hits; the vessel is left burning and listing. 9 B-24's and 22 fighters hit a cement plant at Haiphong, causing heavy damage to the kiln building. The 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, transfers from Dinjan to Kunming with P-40's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): The 72nd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based on Espiritu Santo with B-24's, begins operating from Guadalcanal. P-38H "Jan II" 42-66893.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): In the Bismarck Archipelago, a B-24 on patrol bombs Umboi scoring damaging hits on several buildings. HQ 374th Troop Carrier Group transfers from Port Moresby to Townsville.

NEIAF: Missing is B-25C N5-136 (MIA).

FRIDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): NIne B-24's, supported by 20 P-40's, bomb Gia Lam Airfield. While on ferry mission over the Hump, 3 B-24's bomb Tengchung, China scoring hits on warehouses, barracks, and a HQ area.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): B-25's and P-40's sink a barge off the west coast of Choiseul.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield. Lost is P-38H 42-66904 (MIA) and P-38G 43-2208 (pilot survived)

SATURDAY, 9 OCTOBER 1943


ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): 12 Kuril-based Japanese bombers attack Attu.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Four B-25's on a shipping sweep off the SE China coast in the Amoy-Quemoy area sink a 150-ft (45.7 m) tanker and damage a patrol vessel, and a freighter. 1 B-25 crashes into a hill and explodes. 10 P-40's bomb fuel storage and barracks at Mangshih, China; 1 P-40 is downed by ground fire.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): B-25's and P-40's hit barges and concentrations on W Choiseul. P-39's and USN F4U's strafe buildings, a radar station, and gun positions at Poporang.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): A-20's and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bomb and strafe defensive positions in the Sattelberg and Finschhafen areas. B-24's bomb Makassar. The 2d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 22d Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Reid River, Australia to Dobodura with B-26's. They re-entered combat on 5 Oct after R&R in Australia since Jan 43. The 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, 54th Troop Carrier Wing, transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab. The squadron is operating from Tsili Tsili with C-47's.

RAAF - Written off after suffering bomb damage at Vivigani is Beaufort A9-226.

SUNDAY, 10 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 7 B-24's pound the Meza railroad bridge in Burma, destroying the 3 spans on the E end and dropping the end of a central span into the river.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 20 B-24's and 18 P-40's pound docks at Haiphong. In China, 8 P-40's bomb a match factory and ammunition dump at Tengchung; 8 others hit a supply dump and targets of opportunity in the Lungling area.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 24 B-24's, 50+ P-38's (seporated from the formation near Kolombangara) soon after rendevous.  P-40's, and P-39's, and 50+ USN fighters and dive bombers participated, including eight F4Us from VMF-214 'The Black Sheep', but two aborted due to mechanical failures. The remaining aircraft hit Kahili Airfield and surrounding  areas, hitting runways, a fuel dump, supply area, buildings, the Navy dive bombers hit Malabita Hill gun positions.  The bombing was not accurate with about half the load falling into the water off Bougainville 'killing many small fish'. Jumped by 10-15 Zeros, and fired on by accurate anti-aircraft guns at Kahili and Ballale. Two B-24s are damaged. Lost is B-24D 42-40210.  US airplanes claim 15 interceptors shot down, but Japanese records only show the loss of two Zeros from the 201th Kokutai.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): A-20's, along with RAAF aircraft pound the Sattelberg area. During the night of 10/11 Oct, B-25's hit Saumlakki on Tanimbar HQ 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group arrives at Sydney from the US. The ground echelon of the 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 4th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), arrives at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from the US. The squadron is attached to the 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group and will be reassigned to the 6th on 5 Dec 43. The air echelon, with B-24's and F-7's, will remain in the US until 26 Jan 44. The 70th Troop Carrier Squadron, 433d Troop Carrier Group, transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab with C-47's. Ditched is P-47D "Hi Topper" 42-8081 (rescued).


(Australian Army Z Force) Operation Rimau: October 10-16, 1943 another group of Australian Army "Z Force" (Z Special Unit) commandos under the command of Major Ivan Lyon attempted a similar raid against Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbor one-man motorized submersible canoes code named "Sleeping Beauties" (SB). Detected by a Malaysian Police patrol boat Hei Ho, the mission was compromised. The commandos divided into three groups with one group of seven under the command of Lyon attempted to attack shipping. They claimed to have sunk three ships with limpet mines but the sinking are unconfirmed. Afterwards, all the commandos were either killed or captured. Those captured all died in custody or were executed.

MONDAY, 11 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): HQ 311th Fighter-Bomber Group transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Eight B-24's bomb the town areas of Tengchung, China, and Sadon and Myitkyina Airfield. The 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, transfers from Kunming to Kweilin with P-40's.

USN - USS Wahoo SS-238 is sunk in La Perouse Strait between Hokkaido and Sakhalin.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) 22 B-24's join 30+ USN dive bombers in pounding Kahili Airfield and the nearby area. Hits are scored on the airstrip, fuel dumps, supply areas, gun positions, bridges between Rangu and Jakohina, barges at the mouth of the Uguima River, and several other targets. The B-24's and the USN and AAF fighters covering the attack claim 12 Japanese airplanes downed.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-24's attack the towns of Manokwari, Bira, and Fak Fak and score hits on a small vessel off Fak Fak. During the night of 11/12 Oct, B-25's bomb Cape Chater Airfield and Lautem. Lost is P-39 piloted by Burley.

RAAF: Crashed is A-20C Boston A28-26 (KIA, survived)

TUESDAY, 12 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Five B-24's bomb the warehouse area and railroad yards at Myitkyina.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Two B-25's skip-bomb two small vessels in Matchin Bay. Lost is B-25C 42-64571.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): Allied aircraft begin a major air offensive against Rabaul, with the aim of isolating and neutralizing it. Almost 350 B-24's, B-25's, P-38's, and RAAF airplanes pound the town, harbor, and airfields in the area, including the first parafag bomb attack on Vunakanau Airfield. The Allies calim 50+ Japanese aircraft destroyed and three ships are sunk and several damaged plus several small harbor craft are sunk. Lost are B-25D 41-30239 (MIA, BR), B-24D 42-40675 (crew rescued) and Beufighter A19-97 (MIA / BR). Also, B-25's fly small strikes against targets on Timor and other areas of the Netherlands East Indies.

Afterwards, USN codebreakers intercept a radio message about the air raid “Southeastern Force Action Summary. (October 12th Rabaul Air Action). ----. Attacked from 1004 to 1022 by: 54 (Heavy bombers in 9 waves of three to ten planes covered by about 16 P-38s attacked vessels and Rabaul airdrome vicinity. ------. Losses. (a) Vessels Tsukushi and Naruto hit: slight damage and holes in hull. Mochizuki, damaged by near misses and holes. Gun #3 inoperative. Miyatzuki [sic Minazuki], #2 ---- slight damage from near miss. Guns #1 and #2 out of commission. Tachikaze, ----- damage. I-180, as a result of a 60 kilo bomb hit unable to dive. I-177 and RO-105, holes from near misses.”

IJN: Lost at Rabaul is Keisho Maru, seatrucks Wakamatsu Maru No. 1, Kurogane Maru and gunboat Mishima Maru. Damaged are destroyers Mochizuki, Minazuki and Tachikaze, I-177, I-180, RO-105, shecial service ship Tsukushi, Tenryu Maru, Koan Maru and Naruto. During the American air raid on Rabaul, I-36, I-38, I-176 and RO-108 suberge and avoid damage.

WEDNESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Eleven P-40's unsuccessfully intercept eight Japanese medium bombers attacking Massacre Bay and Attu Airfield.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Japanese fighters appear in strength over Sumprabum, Burma to attack over-the-Hump flights. The enemy evades US patrols and shoots down 3 transports. A fighter-bomber offensive against airfields in Burma from which fighters might operate against Hump transports opens with an attack by P-40's on Myitkyina.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Three B-25's on a sea sweep off SE China hit shipping in Amoy Harbor, claiming one freighter sunk and another damaged.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): In the Solomon, a detachment of the 17th Photographic Squadron, 4th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, based on Guadalcanal with F-5's, begins operating from Munda, New Georgia . The air echelons of "C" and "D" Flights are still in the US.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 100+ B-24's and B-25's bomb Rabaul; bad weather forces the bombers to turn back, but 40+ B-24's hit targets including Hoskins, Lindenhafen, Cape Gloucester and Gasmata. Lost are B-24D 42-40934 (MIA), P-38G 42-12856 (MIA) and P-38G 42-12698 (MIA) and P-38H "Charlcie Jeann" 42-66516 (MIA).

THURSDAY, 14 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Four B-25's attack shipping in the Amoy area, damaging 2 freighters, and also bomb Amoy Airfield.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs 4 barges W of Taiof, leaving 1 sinking. The 371st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), ceases operating from Guadalcanal and returns to it's base on Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides with B-24's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 60+ medium bombers pound Cape Gloucester and Alexishafen. Three others fly harassing strikes against Dili and Lautem.

USN: USS Grayback (SS-208) fires torpedoes that damage and sink Kozui Maru.

FRIDAY, 15 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): The 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, transfers from Karachi to Gushkara with P-40's. A detachment will operate from Sadiya during Oct.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 21 B-24's, 12 P-38's, and 17 USN F4U's pound Kahili Airfield supply  and personnel areas. 6 Zekes are claimed shot down. During the late evening B-25's bomb Buka Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 50+ P-38's and P-40's intercept around 100 Japanese aircraft attacking Allied shipping at Oro Bay; the US fighters claim 40+ shot down. Lost is P-38H 42-66522 (survived); Four other P-40's, encountering 20+ Japanese airplanes east of Finschhafen, claim five destroyed; and 70+ medium bombers hit positions and villages from Sio to Saidor. 6 B-24's bomb Boela. HQ 22d Bombardment Group and it's 33d and 408th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) transfer from Australia to Dobodura with B-25's; the 22d and 33d transfer from Woodstock and the 408th from Reid River.

IJN: 54 Japanese aircraft including 39 A6M Zeros from 201 Kokutai, 204 Ku and 253 Ku escort D3A Val dive bombers on a mission to attack U. S. shipping off the New Guinea coast.

USN: Lost is PBY Catalina 08253.

SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force): HQ 41st Bombardment Group (Medium) arrives at Hickam Field from the US.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): Fighter patrols are increased from 4 to 8 aircraft with little effect on enemy marauders over the Hump. 3 A-36's fail to return from a mission over Sumprabum, Burma. Lost are A-36A 42-84030 (POW, survived), X and Y.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): B-24's bomb Kara Airfield. 6 B-25's hit the airfield on Ballale.

(USMC) Five Black Sheep divisions (20 planes) took off in the morning, three to escort some SBD's on a strike against Kara Airfield, the other two on a fighter sweep. Bolt flew with the fighter sweep, which Boyington was leading. As they flew over Tonolei Harbor, they saw that it was filled with Japanese barges. "Nobody shoot" ordered the normally aggressive Boyington, who led the eight Corsairs on a long, erratic route. While Boyington proceeded back to Munda, Bolt and the rest could only make Vella Lavella Airfield. At Vella, Bolt decided to fly back to Tonolei Harbor himself, to shoot up those barges. "The skipper will be pissed," a pilot warned. Bolt went anyway, and at Tonolei, he blasted one barge full of troops, an empty barge, a tug, and another small cargo vessel. Most of the vessels, he left burning and sinking. Back at Munda, Boyington was indeed "pissed", and the incident became know as 'Bolts War'. But Admiral Halsey was more supportive writing a cable:  "That one man war... conducted by Lieut. Bolt against Jap stuff in Tonolei Harbor, Warm Heart (Stop) Halsey"

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, 60+ B-25's attack the Alexishafen area, hit coastal targets between Reiss Point and Sio, and bomb the airfield at Wewak. A-20's bomb and strafe Gasmata. A lone B-24 destroys a patrol craft between Hoskins and Rabaul. Lost on a search and rescue mission is OA-10 Catalina 43-3262 (KIA). Also lost is P-39N 42-18410 (MIA).

All four squadrons of the 345th BG B-25 participated in a morning strike on Boram Airfield, anti-aircraft defenses and Wewak Airfield, protected by three squadrons of P-38 escort fighters. About 20 Japanese Ki-43 and Ki-61 fighters took off to intercept with only a few minutes warning. They dropped 100 lbs 'daisy cutter' bombs and straffed the area. Many parked aricraft were destroyed or damaged. Lost is B-25D 41-30561.

Thirty-eight B-25 Mitchell strafers from the 38th Bomb Group, 405th Bomb Squadron. The bombers were escorted by twenty-five P-47 Thunderbolts from the 348th Fighter Group. The formation arrived over Alexishafen at roughly 10:30am. Ki-43 Oscars from the 13th Sentai took off from Alexishafen No. 1 Airfield (Danip) to intercept the formation at 10:48. During the combat, three were shot down. Leaving the target, B-25D "Lucky Star" 41-30183 is damaged by fighters and crashed. Also lost P-38 Lightning piloted by Lidstrom.

JAAF: Japanese aircraft including 45th Sentai Ki-48 Lilys escorted by 13th Sentai Ki-43 Oscars attack the Song River area at 8:35am. Over the target, a Ki-48 was slightly damaged and a Ki-43 was damaged on landing from the mission. Allied reports state that six "Sally" and twenty "Oscars were involved. Referencs: ATIS document on JAAF losses. Later in the day, a B-24 was intercepted by fighters 80 miles east of Madang per Allied reports.

Sunday, October 17, 1943

MONDAY, 18 OCTOBER 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): The 406th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), Fourth Air Force, departs Elmendorf Field for the US. The squadron will transition from B-25's to B-24's and deploy to England on Nov 2, 1943.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): The 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan with A-36's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 28 B-24's and 40+ USN dive bombers, with cover of 50+ fighters including F4U Corsairs of VMF-214 and VMF-221 hit Ballale Airfield. Lost is F4U 17557. Fourteen P-39's join 20+ US Navy aircraft in a strike on Kakasa village and a tent area on Choiseul. The 70th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, transfers from Guadalcanal to New Georgia with P-39's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): Nearly 80 B-24's from the 90th BG, 43rd BG and 380th BG escorted by fighters are sent on a mission against Rabaul, but abort due to bad weather. Thirteen of the B-24's bomb Cape Hoskins; 7 others bomb Cape Gloucester and hit Sio. Due to bad weather, the mission cost four Liberators: B-24D "Sky Lady" 41-24043 (crew survived), B-24D 42-40670 (ditched, 5 MIA), B-24D 42-40885 (crew survived), B-24D 41-41088 (crew survived). However, 50+ B-25's slip beneath low clouds and pound Rabaul town, airfields, and shipping from treetop and mast-height level; the B-25's sink 2 vessels and claim 70+ planes destroyed on the ground and in the air. Lost are B-25D "SNAFU / MFUTU" 41-30054, B-25D "Sorry Satchul" 41-30056, B-25C "Daisy May" 42-32262. The 500th Bomb Squadron received a Distinguished Unit Citation for this mission. Other B-25's bomb and strafe a road at Bogadjim.

TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): The 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, Tenth Air Force, transfers from New Delhi to Sookerating, India with C-47's. The 529th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan with A-36's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Kara Airfield and Kahili Airfield are hit by B-24's, Venturas, P-38's, P-40's, and USN fighters and dive bombers. Lost in an aerial collison are P-38H 42-66626 (MIA) and P-38H 42-66888 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): A-20's and RAAF aircraft hit Sattelberg and surrounding areas and bomb Gasmata; enemy air raid against Finschhafen causes no effective damage. B-25's and RAAF Hudsons bomb Fuiloro.

WEDNESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force): HQ 30th Bombardment Group and it's 27th, 38th and 392d Bombardment Squadrons arrive at Hickam Field, Moluleia and Kahuku respectively from the US with B-24's. The 396th and 820th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium), 41st Bombardment Group (Medium) arrive at Hickam Field from the US with B-25's.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): The bridge at Meza, Burma, being repaired after being damaged severely on 10 Oct, is attacked and damaged by B-25's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Kakasa on Choiseul is attacked three times by Venturas, P-40's, and USN fighters and dive bombers. 24 P-40's and nearly 50 USN F4U's sweep Kahili; one force of F4U's encounters fighters, claiming 3 destroyed. The 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), ceases operating form Guadalcanal with B-25's and returns to it's base on Plaine Des Gaiacs Airfield.

IJN: The so-called "Tokyo Night Express" completes the evacuation of the Japenese garrison from Kolombangara

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-25's bomb and strafe the Bogadjim area; B-24's hit 2 freighters near Manokwari and bomb the Manokwari area; and an attack on Finschhafen by 30 Japanese aircraft causes minor damage. A-20's hit Gasmata. Lost in an aerial collision is B-25D 41-30573.

RAAF: Lost on a ferry flight is CA-12 Boomerang A46-87.

THURSDAY, 21 OCTOBER 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force): The 72d Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, transfers from Hilo Field to Wheeler Field with P-39's.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): The 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, based at Dinjan with A-36's sends a detachment to operate from Kurmitola.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-24's bomb Nawlang, Burma; the barracks area is blasted by at least 3 direct hits. 6 P-40's pound the barracks area at Kunlong, China.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 12 B-25's, with an escort of 36 fighters, attack Kara Airfield. The runway and several buildings suffer direct hits. The 23d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based on Bomber 1 with B-24's begins operating from Guadalcanal. The 75th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 42d Bombardment Group (Medium), transfers from Henderson Field to Renard Field with B-25's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 50+ B-24's bomb positions at Sattelberg; 19 B-25's follow with a low-level strike: other B-25's carry out a sweep along the Bogadjim road. In the Bismarck Archipelago, P-40's bomb Gasmata and attack 2 light cruisers off New Ireland , damaging 1 of them.

RAAF: nine aircraft from 8 Squadron were detailed to carry out a torpedo attack on enemy naval units off the east coast of New Ireland. Lost is Beaufort A9-244 (crew POW).

FRIDAY, 22 OCTOBER 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force): The 819th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrives at Barking Sands with B-24's. The squadron, the ex-3d Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy), will fly sea searches and supply the 30th Group with replacement crews and planes until May 44.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, a B-25 strike against a railroad bridge on the Ye-u branch line over the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa fails to damage the structure. This raid marks the final assault of the year on this bridge.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Kahili Airfield and the surrounding areas are pounded by 22 B-24's, 30+ P-39's and P-40's and about 160 USN fighters and dive bombers. Eighteen B-24's and USN airplanes hit targets in the Choiseul area. Other USN aircraft hit Kara Airfield. A single B-24 claims hits on a carrier northwest of Buka. HQ 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) and it's 390th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) transfer from Henderson Field to the Renard Field with B-25's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, 20+ B-25's carry out a low-level attack on the Wewak area, sinking 2 small freighters, and strafing barges and airplanes; Lost are P-47D 42-22497 (rescued), P-47D 42-8117 (MIA), P-47D "Sunshine" 42-8121 (rescued), P-47D "Fiery Ginger" 42-8145 (MIA).

Madang is strafed by 4 P-39's and 2 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boomerangs. 50+ P-40's hit Gasmata. 11 B-24's bomb Pombelaa nickel mines on Celebes.

SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force): P-40s shoot down a Japanese flying boat 70 miles south of Baker.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): B-25's bomb the Meza, Burma railroad bridge, which is still being repaired following the damaging raid of 10 Oct; damage is done to the approaches.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 11 B-24's and 16 P-38's hit Kahili Airfield and 36 P-40's and P-39's join 60+ US Navy dive bombers and fighters in a strike on Kara Airfield; both Kahili and Kara are attacked again later in the day, the former by six B-24's and 16 USN fighters and the latter by 35 AAF fighters and 42 USN dive bombers. Lost is SBD-3 03359. Six B-24's bomb Kakasa on Choiseul.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 40+ B-24's escorted by P-38's, bomb Rapopo Airstrip, destroying about 20 airplanes on the ground; 20 enemy interceptors are claimed shot down. Lost is P-38H 42-66849 (pilot later rescued). 9 B-25's hit the Bogadjim area.

SUNDAY, 24 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 14 B-24's and 13 P-40's pound a barracks area at Co Bi. 8 B-24's bomb Htawgaw, Burma while on a ferry flight over the Hump.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 36 B-25's, along with 24 Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-40's and 4 USN F4U's, in 1 force, and 20 AAF fighter and 70+ USN fighters and dive bombers in another force, pound Kahili Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): At least 45 bombers are destroyed on the ground at Vunakanau Airfield, Rapopo Airfield and Tobera Airfield during attacks by 50+ B-25's; the B-25's and 50+ escorting P-38's claim 40+ Japanese airplanes shot down over Rabaul. Lost are B-25C 41-30376 (MIA) B-25D "Lil De Icer" 41-30075 (survived), P-38 piloted by Woodward (MIA), P-38 piloted by McGuire (survived). A-20's hit enemy positions in the Lae area and B-24's carry out a light attack on Manokwari. Also lost is P-40N piloted by David (survived).

IJN: Japanese intercept the American air raid against Rabaul scramble 13 Zeros from 253 Kokutai and 26 Zero from 204 Kokutai. Losses: 253 Ku lost 1 missing, 2 damaged, 4 minor damage. 204 lost 7 lost, 6 missing including WO Ishi-i Shizu-o & PO1c Tanaka. Claims: 253: 3 x B-25, 12 x P-38, 1 x P-38 probable. 204: 11 victories including 6 x P-38.

MONDAY, 25 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Six P-40's strafe shipping at Haiphong, claiming 3 small boats sunk and damaging 6 larger boats; 2 B-25's and 4 P-40's attack shipping in the Gulf of Tonkin, claiming a 150' tanker sunk and 200' freighter damaged.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): The 372d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), based on Espirtu Santo begins operating from Carney Field (Bomber 2) with B-24's. Lost is B-24D 42-40864 (ten MIA, one rescued).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 60+ B-24's bomb the Rabaul area destroying 20+ airplanes on the round. Of the 60-70 fighters which intercept, the B-24's claim 30+ shot down. Lost is B-24D "Shewansta" 42-72800 (2 MIA, 2 rescued). A-20's hit positions near Lae and B-24's carry out a light strike against Manokwari.

MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): The 71st Liaison Squadron, US Army Forces, CBI, transfers from Ramgarh to Ledo, India with L-4's and L-5's.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 13 B-24's and 15 P-40's pound railroad yards at Haiphong. Two B-25's attack several vessels at Kiungshan, claiming 4 sunk or badly damaged; later 6 more B-25's hit shipping nearby, claiming 1 freighter sunk; Kiungshan Airfield is strafed by one of the B-25's. The 21st Photographic Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force, based at Kunming with F-4's and F-5's, sends a fight to operate from Suichwan.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Kahili Airfield is hit twice during the day by B-24's, B-25's, P-38's, P-40's, P-39's, and USN fighters and dive bombers. Buka Airfield is strafed by P-38's and then bombed and strafed by B-25's and P-38's. P-39's and P-40's join USN fighters and dive bombers in a strike on Kara Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-24's fly a small raid against Pombelaa on Celebes ; fighters shoot down 2 B-24's; US gunners claim 11 aircraft downed. Lost is B-24D "Fyrtle Myrtle" 42-40485. B-25's hit targets in Tanimbar in the Moluccas.

USN: Crashed is PBY Catalina 2447 (crew KIA).

WEDNESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 6 B-24's bomb the city of Tungling, China and claim 8 intercepting Zekes shot down.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): B-24's pound Kahili Airfield and Kara Airfield; P-40's over Kahili claim three Zekes shot down. P-38's, P-40's, and P-39's, plus some RNZAF P-40's and P-39's, cover the landing by New Zealand troops on Stirling and Mono. The fighters claim destruction of twelve enemy dive bombers attacking the landing force and afterwards claim three fighters shot down. Force landed is B-17E "Fiji Foo" 41-9217.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): P-40's and P-39's intercept an escorted Japanese bomber force dropping supplies over the Sattelberg area; the US fighters claim 12 airplanes downed. A-20's hit harbor and supply dump area at Gasmata. Lost is B-24D "Shack Rat" 42-40918 near Nadzab.

THURSDAY, 28 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 7 B-24's bomb Mangshih; 6 P-40's strafe a warehouse and revetments at Yoyang Airfield; 3 B-25's and 7 P-38's hit a barracks at Ft Bayard; and two B-25's on a shipping sweep over the South China Sea damage two freighters near Saint John and sink a junk west of Kwangchow Wan.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): P-40's and P-39's join USN fighters and dive bombers in attacks on Kara Airfield and Ballale Airfield. Almost 200 aircraft are involved in the two strikes. Also, Kara Airfield is also pounded by 19 B-24's. The 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, based on Woodlark with P-39's begins operating from Munda.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): P-40's hit Gasmata. P-47's attack barges at Talasea and strafe surrounding area. P-47's also strafe from Sio to Fortification Point.

Lost due to weather are P-39Q 42-19987, P-39Q 42-20031, P-39Q 41-19959. Also lost is B-24D 42-41217.

FRIDAY, 29 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): 14 B-24's and 16 P-40's pound the smelter area at Quang Yen, French Indochina. In China, 2 B-25's bomb the administration building and runway at Ft Bayard Airfield; Nine P-40's on offensive reconnaissance in the Chiuchiang area strafe a 200' steamer and attack a train, destroying the locomotive.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): B-25's and B-24's, along with 40+ USN aircraft, bomb Buka Airfield and Bonis Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 37 B-24's, escorted by 53 P-38's, pound the Rabaul area claiming 45 airplanes destroyed on the ground and in the air. Lost is P-38H 42-66523 (POW, executed). Crashed on take off is B-25D 41-30320 (KIA). Seventeen B-25's hit the Madang area. P-47's attack shipping in Hansa Bay area and strafe the Cape Gloucester area. B-25's sink a vessel off Tanimbar while B-24's bomb Selaroe Airfield on Tanimbar and attack the Waroe Bay area. The 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, transfers from Tsili Tsili to Gusap with P-47's. The 63d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 43d Bombardment Group transfers from 7-Mile Drome to Dobodura with B-24's.

SATURDAY, 30 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 7 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound the motor pool and barracks at Shayang; Nine P-38's hit the Chiuchiang dock area; two interceptors are claimed shot down. Lost is P-38G 42-13415 (pilot rescued).

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): Kara Airfield is bombed by 16 B-24's and shortly afterwards is hit by 90+ USN dive bombers escorted by USN and AAF fighters; Six B-25s attack Kieta Airfield and other targets at Kieta are hit by twelve P-39's and USN aircraft; and the Tonolai Harbor area is hit by eight P-40's and seventeen USN planes.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-25's strafe barges in Rein Bay on New Britain. Lost is B-25D 41-30318 (MIA) and P-70 Havoc 39-785 (MIA).

SUNDAY, 31 OCTOBER 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In an attempt to knock out the Japanese base from which fighters are attacking ferrying operations, P-40's carrying 1000-pound bombs fly four strikes against Myitkyina Airfield; following the bomb runs, the fighters strafe AA positions; the attacks cause considerable damage to the base; B-25's attack the Meza railroad bridge, scoring hits on the approaches but missing the structure; the bridge remains unusable due to damage caused by the 10 Oct strike.

USN - Lieutenant H. D. O'Neil of VF(N)-75, operating from Munda, New Georgia, flying a radar equipped F4U-2 destroyed a Betty during a night attack off Vella Lavella, the first kill by a radar-equipped night fighter of the Pacific Fleet. Major T. E. Hicks and Tech Sergeant Gleason from VMF(N)-531 provided ground-based fighter direction.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): 20+ B-25's, with fighter support bomb Kara Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): P-40's sink a barge off the New Britain coast. The 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, 54th Troop Carrier Wing, ceases operating from Tsili Tsili and returns to it's base at Nadzab, New Guinea with C-47's.

 

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