Aerial photographs of Allied bombing raids on Japanese occupied Burma.

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  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    There are actually two Kyaunggons shown on your map. But neither are the locations of a landing Ground.

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    From 93 C/4.

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  2. Matt Poole

    Matt Poole Member

    Good eyes, Simon. Now that you pointed out the second KYAUNGGAN, it seems a wonder that I missed it. Right there before my four eyes.

    So where, I wonder, is that elusive KYAUNGGAN landing ground? I just watched "Young Frankenstein" on the telly. In the movie, Madeline Kahn breaks out into "Oh Sweet Mystery of Life At Last I've Found You". I wouldn't mind being able to sing the same line in regard to the location of this LG.
     
  3. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Matt,

    I am wondering if Kyaunggan and Kangaung are not actually one and the same place. Perhaps a mangled mis-pronunciation.

    Christopher Shores doesn't mention it in his Air War for Burma but then again, he doesn't mention a lot of things.
     
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  4. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    From 215 Squadron's Records.

    18th January 1945. 0926 - 1649 hours. Meiktila Airfield.

    12 aircraft were detailed to attack Meiktila Airfield, with 12 aircraft of 99 Squadron assisting. Some cloud was encountered enroute, but conditions over the target were clearer, with 2-4/10ths strato-cumulus at 4-5,000 feet. A fighter Escort of 12 P.38's and 20 P.47's met the bombers at Chittagong. All aircraft attacked in formation, with the exception of one, which, forced outwards on a turn before reaching the target area, bombed Thedaw Airfield obtaining hits on a taxi-track and road. At Meiktila, bombing was concentrated across both runways, several direct hits being scored, rendering the airfield unserviceable. Moderate H.A.A. fire from positions N.E. of Meiktila Town was experienced on bombing runs, being accurate at first, but deteriorating later. One aircraft was holed in several places by shrapnel, but there were no casualties, and all aircraft returned safely to base.

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    RAF Museum PC71/19/1518. Meiktila airfield under attack by RAF Liberators, 18 January 1945
     
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  5. ltdan

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  6. High Wood

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    Many thanks for that, I was just looking through the same gazetteer but you have beaten me to it.
     
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  7. ltdan

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    https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/NHC/NewPDFs/USArmy/USAAF Weekly Intell. Sum. No. 10.pdf
    page 29:
    also have a glance at:
    The King's African Rifles - Volume 2
    where Kyaunggon is located near Pauk

    EDIT
    The Reconquest Of Burma Vol Ii : Prasad,bisheshwar : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
    pp. 304 bottom page
     
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  8. High Wood

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  10. High Wood

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    Many thanks for posting the links. I have some dated USAAF photographs and it wold be good to see the relevant summaries.
     
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  12. High Wood

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    Itdan,

    many thanks for your continued help with these documents. I now need to see if any of my American photographs match up with the dates covered by these reports.

    Simon
     
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  13. Matt Poole

    Matt Poole Member

    I've been off on tangents...not surprising to most of us, given unprecedented challenges, of late. I can't post a longwinded blurb now (rejoice, rejoice), but I wanted to thank Itdan for your postings, and also Simon for satisfying my curiosity about the landing ground near Ywathit, straddling the 21 degree North latitude line. Most interesting is that 3 Nov '44 document, to which Itdan linked us, and which mentions that a) Kyaunggon airfield was being built and b) there were then SEVEN landing grounds/airfields in the Meiktila Group, within about 20 x 20 miles. Oh yeah, that names gazetteer is a great resource for me. Curious me, I went and pared down the northern piece of map showing the landing ground cut in two by the 21 degree N. lat line, and I more or less fit it atop Google Earth. I see no remnants of revetments, though the fit isn't perfect. Possibly on the ground one could find a surviving revetment (as I've seen on some other abandoned Japanese airfields in Burma, especially Heho), but obviously this minor landing ground long ago was abandoned. We can see on Google Earth where the runway was. Cheers to all, hunker down, and stay safe. Matt

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  14. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Some photographs of bomb damage to Rangoon. This is the Immanuel Baptist Church on Dalhousie Street photographed in 1945. The church was badly damaged in the December 1941 Japanese bombing of Rangoon.

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    The second photograph shows the Church in the early part of the 20th Century.
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    And lastly, as it looks today after its rebuilding in the 1950s.
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