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    Calcutta (Kolkata) West Bengal State India

Location
Lat 22° 33' 45N Long 88° 21' 47E  Calcutta is a a port city located on the east bank of the Hooghly River and is the capital of West Bengal State in India. Today, known as Kolkata.

Wartime History
During the war, Calcutta was developed into a major Allied staging area and base. During November 1944, 20th Air Force B-29 Superfortresses flew from the area to attack targets in Singapore, Thailand and as a staging base for missions into China. During February 1945, the 20th Air Force moved to Tinian Island.

Japanese missions against Calcutta
December 20 - 26, 1942

December 20, 1942
(JAAF) Japanese bomb Calcutta and vicinity hitting docks, shipping and airfields in the area

December 24, 1942
(JAAF) During the night, Japanese bombers including Ki-21 Sally bombers from the 14th Sentai bomb Calcutta.

December 26, 1943
(JAAF) A Ki-46 Dinah reconnaissance aircraft overflew Baigachi and was shot down.

Dum Dum Airfield (Kolkata Airport, Subhas Chandra Bose Airport)
Prewar airfield located to the northeast of Calcutta

Salbani Airfield (RAF Salbani)
Located at Salban (Salboni) used by the RAF

Madhaiganj Airfield
Located northwest of Calcutta

Maidan Airfield
Located near Calcutta

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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