August 20, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 20 AUGUST 1943
CBI: Army Air Forces, India-Burma Sector, China-Burma-India Theater is activated
at New Delhi. Lieutenant General George E Stratemeyer assumes command.
the Tenth Air Force, China-Burma-India Air Service Command (Provisional), China-Burma-India
Training Unit (Provisional) and several lesser units.
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): X Air Force Service Command (AFSC) personnel
and organizations are absorbed by CBI ASC (Prov), see above. Brigadier
General Robert C Oliver, Commanding General X AFSC, becomes Commanding
General CBI ASC (Prov).
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Six B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Tien Ho Airfield, they claim five interceptors shot down. 15 P-40's intercept 21 fighters over Kweilin; 2 P-40's and 2 Zekes are shot down.
SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): HQ XIII Bomber
Command transfers from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): 24
B-24's, escorted by 46 P-38's, hit Boram
Airfield in the late morning; P-38's
claim 19 fighters shot down. Force landed is B-24D "Joltin Janie II" 42-40233. A-20's bomb Lae and hit the Salamaua area where
enemy forces have abandoned positions on Mount Tambu and Komiatum Ridge and
are manning last-ditch defensive position at Salamaua. B-25's strafe barges
near Cape Gloucester. Lost is P-38G 43-2201 (MIA), P-38H pilot Camp (KIA, BR) and B-24D "Miss Carriage" 41-24207 (MIA / POW).