Flight Log of Lt. Rogers Lancaster

With the exception of minor corrections in spelling and punctuation, the text is exactly as contained in the log. Editorial comments for clarification are in braces []. Some of the places have not yet been located by the editor.

[ITINERARY FROM UNITED STATES TO BURMA THEATER]

Left G.A.A.B. Dec 1-1943

" Savannah Dec 8-43

" West Palm B. Dec 11-43

" Borington Dec 12-43

" Atkinson - Dec 12-43 [Atkinson Field, Guyana]

" Belem - Dec 14-43 [Brazíl]

" Natal Dec 17-43 [Brazíl]

Ascension - Dec 19- [Ascension Islands]

Roberts F - Dec 21-43 [Roberts Field, Liberia]

Dakar - Dec 25-43 [Senegal]

Casa Blanca Jan 2 '44 [Morocco]

Algiers Jan 5 - 44 [Algeria]

Philippeville Feb 6 - 44 [Algeria]

Taranto Feb 8 - 44 [Italy]

Cairo - March 8 - 44 [Egypt]

Bombay - March 31 - 44 [India]

Calcutta April 3 - 44 [India]

Arr. Tezgoon - April 4 - 44 [India]

Arr. Pandaveshwar June 16 [India]

Arr. Fenny July 19 [India]

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Mission #1

April 21, 1944

12 ship formation of B-25's, each loaded with 8-300 lb. demos. Target - supply dumps N.E. of Mogaung in Northern Burma. Several hits on target and no opposition encountered. Flying time approx .5 hrs.

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Approx 1 hr. each on April 23rd - 24 & 25. Turned back each time by mechanical failure.

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Mission #2

April 27, 1944

12 ship formation striking at supply dumps in Kalemyo [?] - Central Burma. 6-500 lbs clusters of incendiary bombs. No opposition encountered. Results - very bad as visibility was poor.

Time - 3 hrs.

Time to Date 11 hrs.

Same target as Mission 3.

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Mission #3

May 1, 1944

5 Sqds. - B-25 and some R.A.F. Wellingtons striking at supply stores in the town of Kalemyo, in Central Burma. Loaded with 6-500 lbs. incendiary clusters. No opposition encountered. Results - very good, left entire target burning.

Time 3:40

Time to date 14:30.

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Mission #4

May 4, 1944

9 ships loaded with 8-300 lb. demos. Striking at supply stores and road junction at Ft. White in central Burma. Results - Several direct hits on target area. No opposition encountered.

Time - 3:10

To Date - 17:50.

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Mission #5

May 8, 1944

10th A.F. out in full strength. R.A.F. Wellingtons, B-24 & 25's striking at town 20 m. south of Imphal. Troop concentration and all out attack to follow our bombing. Loaded with 8-500 lbs. Demos. Weather - very bad Results very good. Had R.A.F. Spitfire cover. No opposition.

Time 3:25 Total 21:15

Bad weather turned back many ships from this target on May 8.

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Mission #6

May 9, 1944

A co-ordinated attack on town 20 mi south of Imphal. To be attacked by ground troops immediately following our bombing. Hit by B-24's and 27 - B-25's. Bomb load 8-500 lb. Demo's. Weather - Good. Results Good - No opposition encountered. R.A.F. Spitfire & Hurricane cover.

Time 3:15 Total 24:30

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Mission 7

May 12, 1944

Flight of 3 - B-25 loaded with 8-500 lbs. Demo. Attempting a road block in Tiddim Road south of Imphal. Results "Rotten" No opposition encountered. Weather Good. Alt. 10,500

T.O.T. 09:19.

Time 3:05

Total Time 27:35

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Mission #8

May 17, 1944

18 ships - loaded with 8-500 lb. Demo's. Target Gasoline Refinery at Chauk, in Burma. Solid undercast in area but one small break allowed bombing. Large fires started & black smoke up to about 7000 when we left. About 48-50 bursts of heavy flak, very innaccurate.

Time 4:20 Total 31:55

T.O.T. 07:45

Alt. 8000

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Mission #9

June 7, 1944

3 ship formation. Load - 8-300 lbs. Demo. Railroad extending 30 miles north of Schewbo [Shwebo] in Burma. Weather - extremely bad, Results - not to good.

Alt of bomb. 100-300 ft

T.O.T. 09:45

Time 4:55

Total time 36:50

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Mission #10

June 12, 1944

Ammunition ferry to Imphal valley. 40 cases @ 62 lbs. per case. Weather was pretty bad.

Time 3:45

Total time: 40:35

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Mission#11

June 15th, 1944

Ammunition ferry to Imphal valley. 3000 lbs. of ammo. Weather was so bad could only make one trip.

Time 4:10

Total Time 44:45

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Missions #12 & 13

June 21, 1944

Ammo runs to Imphal valley. Weather pretty bad but considered good for that section of country this time of year.

Time 09:00

Total Time 53:45

3:10 of this time possibly not considered combat.

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Mission #14

Ammo run to Imphal. Weather good. Had engine trouble or would have gotten another mission. Enemy plane reported over valley as we were leaving.

Time 05:50

Total time 59:35

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Mission #15 48 SHIPS

July 5, 1944

Supply dumps at Myitkyina in North Burma. 22-100 lb. demo bombs. Weather was very good. Results - Not too good. Bombing altitude 3000. Time over target 14:12. In support of Stillwell’s forces. No opposition.

Time 08:45

Total time 68:20

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Mission #16 48

July 8, 1944

Troop strong points at Myitkyina. 22-100 lbs. bombs. Results fair. Weather not too good, lots of turns, dives & climbs making navigation rough. Bomb alt. 2500. T.O.T. 14:22 No opposition but fighter scramble ordered while over target.

Time 06:40

Total Time 75:00

(Left ship in Comilla)

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Mission #17 48

July 11, 1944

Strong points in Myitkyina. Load 6-500 lbs. Very good bomb pattern. Alt. 2500 ft. Very bad weather halfway to target but very good in that area. No opposition. T.O.T. 12:31

Time 08:05

Total Time 83:05

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Mission #18

July 12, 1944

Strong points in Myitkyina but entire area of target was closed in and could not get through, so bombed a road junction at Tamu [?] but results unobserved[?]. 6-500 lbs. T.O.T. 12:21 We played around in the weather for an hour but impossible to go through.

Time 07:00

Total Time 90:05

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Mission #19

July 23, 1944

Supplies & strong points in Myitkyina. Good bomb pattern in target area. Load 6-500 Weather very good No opposition

Alt. 3000 T.O.T. 12:03

Time 04:40

Total 94:45

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Mission #20

July 26, 1944

Strong points in the Myitkyina area. Could not get permission to bomb so bombed alternate target i.e. supply dumps. Weather good. Good pattern. No opposition. 4-1000 lbs Alt. 2500 T.O.T. 13:45

Time 05:20

Total 100:05

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Mission #21

July 28, 1944

Strong points in the Myitkyina area. Good bomb pattern. Weather was pretty bad. It almost closed us in the valley. No opposition 4-1000 lbs. Alt. 2500 T.O.T. 13:03

Time 05:10

Total 105:15

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Mission #22

July 29, 1944

Strong points in the Myitkyina area. Weather was just fair - not bad or good. Good bomb pattern 6-500 alt. 2500 T.O.T. 12:55. No opposition

Time 04:45

Total 110:00

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Mission #23

July 31, 1944

Troop concentration & store areas at Bilumyo[?] in upper Burma. Only one or two bombs in target, rest were short. Bombed in U of U's - 4-1000 lbs alt. 6700 T.O.T. 12:40 Weather very bad. Return trip at 14,700 ft. alt. No opposition.

Time 04:20

Total Time 114:20

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Mission #24

Aug 5, 1944

Stores area at Pinbow[?] in northern Burma. Big S.N.A.F.U. Weather very bad over target. On instruments & lost other elements & wingman. Unidentified fighters appeared & salvoed bombs. 8-250 lbs. Return trip at 14,500 ft.

Time 04:20

Total 118:40

Mission #25

Aug 9, 1944

Primary target of Kiang[?] on Chindwin River but was "socked in". Hit village of Tiddim[?]. My first lead mission. Very good bomb pattern in target area. Weather poor. Alt. 10,000 T.O.T. 15:50, 8-250 lbs. No opposition

Time 03:15

Total 121:55

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Mission #26

August 12, 1944

About 50 miles of R.R. Track south of Wuntho in Burma. Weather poor, especially over target. 8-250 lbs. T.O.T. 12:30 Alt 500 ft. Small arms fire in one village - probably light machine gun.

Time 03:25

Total 125:20

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Mission #27

Aug 14, 1944

Stores area at Mawlaik on Chindwin River. Most bombs were short but started one good fire. Bombed in U of U's. 12-100 lbs. incendiary clusters. Weather excellent no opposition. Alt 4000 T.O.T. 12:03

Time 02:50

Total 128:10

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Mission # 28

August 15, 1944

Low level attack on R.R. west of Mandalay, from Siang to Allagappa. Several hits of tracks. Strafed 3 locomotives. Encountered 20 m.m. flak and small arms fire Alt. 300 ft. 12-100 lbs. demos. T.O.T. 10:05 Weather excellent

Time 03:40

Total 131:50

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Mission #29

August 17, 1944

Stores area at Mawlaik on Chinduin River. Beautiful bomb pattern. Left entire target afire. 6 ships with 500 lbs R.D.X's & 6 ships with 24-100 lb. incendiary clusters. Beautiful weather. T.O.T. 10:30 Alt 4000 ft. No opposition.

Time 02:40

Total 134:30

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Mission #30

August 18, 1944

R.R. bridge at Thityabin in Burma. Could not bomb because of weather, but on trip as a whole, weather was good. Bombed stores area at Kalewa. Good pattern & one big fire Alt. 3000 8-500 lbs R.D.X's No opposition T.O.T. 11:13

Time 03:50

Total 138:20

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Mission #31

August 19, 1944

Important stores area at Monywa on Chinduin River. Weather en route was pretty good but target area had 6-8 tenth coverage. Pretty fair hits. 4-1000 lbs. Alt 8000 T.O.T. 10:30. Quite a few 20-40 and 75 mm. bursts of flak, all inaccurate.

Time 03:30

Total 141:50

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Mission #32

Aug 20, 1944

R.R. Bridge on Mu River, about 25 miles west of Mandalay. Weather pretty good. 8-500 lbs. R.D.X's. Two spans of bridge knocked out. Alt. 3000 ft. T.O.T. 12:19 Some small arms fire and 20 m.m. flak.

Time 03:45

Total 145:35

Leading Sqd

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Mission #33

Aug 23 - 44

Village of Pinbow in north Burma. Troops and supply area. About half of target area covered. Beautiful weather 22-100 lbs. Demos. Alt 2500 T.O.T 11:01 Small arms fire reported

Time 04:20

Total 149:55

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Mission #34

Aug 24 - '44

Entire Gp on R.R. yards at Momayo [Maymyo] - East of Mandalay - with 19 P-38's as cover. Weather very bad - entire target area covered - had to salvo bombs and go into Imphal for gas. Big, Big S.N.A.F.U.

Time 05:35

Total 155:30

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Mission #35

Sept 10, 1944

R.R. Bridge at Kyauskse 25 m. south of Mandalay. Good bomb pattern, but got only one span of bridge. Weather very good, alt 3000 ft. T.O.T. 10:26 8-500 lbs. R.D.X.

Time 03:50

Total 159:20

Leading Sqd

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Mission #36

Sept 12, 1944

Troop concentrations & supplies at Mangshik in western China. Very good bomb pattern in target area. Weather fair as a whole but bad in places. 22-100 lbs. G.P.'s. Alt. 11,500 T.O.T. 10:52 No opposition.

Time 05:00

Total 164:20

Leading Sqd.

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Mission #37

Sept 13, 1944

Area in town on Bhamo in Burma believed to be Hqds and stores area. Beautiful bomb pattern. Weather pretty good. 22-100 lb. G.P.'s Alt. 4000 ft. T.O.T. 10:31 No opposition

Time 04:15

Total 168:35

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Mission #38

Sept 15, 1944

Supplies & Troops at Wanling in China. Pattern scattered but covered one half of assigned area. Weather poor. Alt. 10,500 22-100 lb. G.P.'s. T.O.T. 10:36 No opposition.

Time 04:45

Total 173:20

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Mission #39

Sept 17, 1944

Bombed R.R. 20 mi. N. of Mandalay. Could not get to primary target because of weather. About 8 direct hits on R.R. 12-100 lb. G.P. Alt 800 ft. T.O.T. 09:45 No opposition

Time 03:40

Total 177:00

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Mission #40

Oct 1, 1944

R.R. Bridge at Bawgyo in central Eastern Burma. No damage done to the bridge. Beautiful weather. No opposition T.O.T. 09:15 Alt 5500 8-500 lb. R.D.X's

Time 04:25

Total 181:25

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Mission #41

Oct 2, 1944

Stores, Supply and Troop areas at Kutkai in North Eastern Burma. Very good coverage of target. Weather not too good. 8-500 lb. R.D.X. Alt 7800 ft T.O.T. 10:35 No opposition.

Time 05:00

Total 186:25

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Mission #42

Oct 5, 1944

Fenny Head and Troop concentrations at Kalewa on Chinduin River. Very cloudy in target area but pretty good bomb pattern No opposition 8-500 lb. R.D.X's. Alt 6000 T.O.T. 10:08

Time 02:45

Total 189:10

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Mission #43

Oct 11, 1944

R.R. Bridge at Pyinmana in central Burma. P-38 escort. Missed bridge but hits on track. 8-500 lbs R.D.X. Alt. 5000 ft. T.O.T. 10:15 Very good weather. Machine gun fire over target with heavy A/A enroute.

Time 04:15

Total 193:25

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Mission #44

Friday Oct 13, 1944

Stores & Supply area at Hsenui [Hsenwi], on Burma road North of Lashio. Excellent pattern covering entire target area, with explosions & starting fires. 22-100 lbs. Alt. 7000 T.O.T. 09:47. Good weather with cloud cover over target area. No opposition.

Time 04:55

Total 198:20 (199:45)

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Mission #45

Oct 16, 1944

Primary target of air strip at Meiktila but extremely bad weather caused us to bomb R.R. Bridge. No damage to bridge but hits on track. 8-500 lbs. G.P. T.O.T. 14:10 Alt. 7000. No opposition. Weather about the worst encountered yet

Time 04:10

Total 203:55

Turnback on previous mission 00:25

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Mission #46

Oct 21, 1944

Roadblock & troops at Vital Corner, Southeast of Tiddim. Results not too good, but direct hits on road. Good weather, No opposition 12-250 lbs. Alt 11,700 - True alt 4400 T.O.T. 09:45

Time 02:30

Total 206:50

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Mission #47

Oct 21, 1944

Primary target of Kennedy Peak but weather had it closed. Hit alternate of Kalewa - possible troops & supplies. Beautiful pattern right in target Alt. 4000 ft 12-250 lbs T.O.T. 15:30 No opposition

Time 02:25

Total 209:15

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Mission #48

Oct 23, 1944

Road bridge at Hsipaw between Mandalay and Lashio. Nice pattern on bridge & presumed to be knocked out. 8-500 lbs. Alt 9000 T.O.T. 10:48. Saw flak, which was heavy, intense & accurate but it was at another Sqdn. Good weather

Time 04:10

Total 213:25

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Mission #49

Oct 25, 1944

Primary target of road block near Ft. White in Burma. Target was covered so hit Kalewa. It was partially covered but got a fair pattern. Alt. 8000 ft. 22-100 lbs. T.O.T. 10:50 No opposition. Good weather except in target areas.

Time 02:40

Total 216:05

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Mission #50

Oct 29, 1944

Stores area at Taungup on Burma coast. Pretty good pattern with several fires. 12-100 lb. oil incendiary. Alt. 8500 T.O.T. 10:03. Good weather. Quite a lot of heavy & light flak. Mostly inaccurate but some was too close.

Time 04:00

Total 220:05

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Mission #51

Nov 2, 1944

Strong points on Kennedy Peak, in Chin Hills. Very good patterns in target area. 6-500 lbs. G.P. T.O.T. 09:33. Alt 13,100 - True 4600 ft. Very good weather. No opposition.

Time 01:55

Total 222:00

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Mission #52

Nov 6, 1944

Sea sweep in Hunters Bay and along coast below Akyab. Unsuccessful search for reported enemy shipping. To have been skip bombing. Good weather. No opposition.

Time 04:20

Total 226:20

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Mission #53

Nov 12, 1944

Stores area at Kinu on R.R. North of Mandalay. Pattern was good but didn't cover entire area. 22-100 lbs. Very good weather Alt. 4500 T.O.T. 10:00 No opposition

Time 03:10

Total 229:30

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Mission #54

Nov 14, 1944

Supply area and Fenny Head at Sagaing west of Mandalay. Very nice pattern in target. 22-100 lbs. Alt 8000 T.O.T. 10:53 Good weather. Flak - moderate & inaccurate. P-47 escort.

Time 03:35

Total 233:05

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Mission #55

Nov 20, 1944

Supplies at Lashio along Burma Road. Very nice pattern covering the entire target area. 22-100 lb. Alt. 10,500 T.O.T. 11:00 Good weather. No opposition. P-47 escort.

Time 04:20

Total 237:25

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Mission #56

Nov 28, 1944

R.R. yards at Tatkon south of Mandalay. Very nice pattern in assigned area with direct hits on tracks and rolling stock. 6-500 lbs Alt 2500 T.O.T. 15:30 Good weather - No opposition P-47 escort

Time 04:15

Total 214:40

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Mission #57

Dec 6, 1944

R.R. Bridge south of Tooungo [Toungoo] in Burma. Pattern was over but 2nd box got it. Alt 3000, 6-500 lbs T.O.T. 11:00 Weather was good. No opposition P-47 escort

Time 04:45

Total - 246:25

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Mission #58

Dec 7, 1944

Stores & Supplies area at Taungtha in Central Burma. Started fires and one large explosion. 22-100 lbs. oil & rubber incendiary bomb. Alt 3500 T.O.T. 10:45 Good weather - No opposition.

Time 03:15

Total 249:40

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Mission #59

Dec 11, 1944

Airfields at Magwe on Irrawaddy River. Four strips under attack. Results not too good. 6-500 lbs. Alt 7500. T.O.T. 15:00 Weather good - No opposition P-47 escort

Time 03:40

Total 253:20

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Mission #60

Dec 14, 1944

Supply & Hdqr's area at Hparabyin on the Arakyan front. Fair coverage in target area. 22-100 lb. Alt 3500 T.O.T. 10:50. Good weather. No opposition.

Time 02:35

Total 255:55

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Mission #61

Dec 17, 1944

Stores & troops at Walayon on the Arakyan front. 6-500 lb. G.P. Alt 2800 ft. T.O.T. 15:55 Nice pattern in the target area. No opposition. Good weather

Time 02:50

Total 258:45

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Mission #62

Dec 27, 1944

R.R. bridge at Lewe in Southern Burma. Probable hits on bridge. 4-500 lb. Alt 2500 ft. T.O.T. 13:55 No opposition. Good weather.

Time 04:30

Total 263:15

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Mission #63

Dec 30, 1944

Troop concentration Thityiabin on the Arakyan front. Very nice pattern with all bombs in target 4-500 lb Alt 4500 T.O.T. 16:00 Good weather. No opposition.

Time 02:50

Total 266:05

 

 

 

INDEX OF PLACES BY NAME AND MISSION NUMBER

Akyab - 52,60,61

Allagappa - 28

Bawgyo[?] - 40

Bhamo - 37

Bilumyo[?], Burma - 23

Chauk, Burma - 8

Chin Hills - 51

Chindwin River, Burma - 25,27,29,31,42

Comilla, Bangladesh - 16

Fenny Head - 42,54

Ft. White[?] - 49

Hparabyin[?] - 60

Hsenui [Hsenwi] - 44

Hsipaw - 48

Hunter’s Bay[?] - 52

Imphal, India - 5,6,7,10,11,12,13,14,34

Irrawaddy River - 59

Kalemyo [?], Burma - 2,3

Kalewa[?] Burma - 30,42,47,49

Kennedy Peak[?] - 47,51

Kiang[?], Burma - 25

Kinu[?] - 53

Kutkai[?] - 41

Kyaukse, Burma - 35

Lashio - 44,48,55

Lewe - 62

Magwe - 59

Mandalay, Burma - 28,32,34,35,39,48,53,54,56

Mangshik[?], China - 36

Mawliak, Burma - 27,29

Meiktila - 45

Mogaung, Burma - 1

Momayo, Burma - 34

Monywa, Burma - 31

Mú River, Burma - 32

Myitkyina, Burma - 15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22

Pandaveshwar - 0

Philippeville (Skikda), Algeria - 0

Pinbow[?], Burma - 24,33

Pyinmana - 43

Sagaing - 54

Shwebo, Burma - 9

Siang[?] - 28

Tamu [?] - 18

Tatkon[?] - 56

Taungtha - 58

Taungup - 50

Tezgaon - 0

Thityabin, Burma - 30,63

Tiddim[?] - 25,46

Toungoo - 57

Walayon[?] - 61

Wanling[?], China - 38

Wuntho, Burma - 26

 

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