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August 20, 1943
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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. Components include 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).



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