Aerial photographs of Allied bombing raids on Japanese occupied Burma.

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  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Another undated USAAF photograph, though hopefully, when the original photograph arrives from California, it will have more information. I have worked out that it was taken during a bombing attack on Heho airfield, probably during 1943-44. Note the blast pens and A.A. gun pits around the perimeter of the airfield.

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  2. High Wood

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    Luckily, I have a copy of a 1:25,000 map entitled HEHO Sheet 2, which provides an almost exact match.

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  3. High Wood

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    The photographs have arrived from California and whilst their condition is not great, the detail is superb. Unfortunately this particular photograph is undated.

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    Note the number of Japanese aircraft on the runway and adjacent blast pens. It would seem from the number of aircraft on the ground that there was little warning of the attack.

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    The detail in the Mandalay photograph in Post 59 is equally good. Mandalay had obviously been subjected to heavy bombing as vast numbers of the buildings are roofless.

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    The building complex top left appears to be a hospital as it has what appear to be red crosses painted on the roof.

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    Mandalay, being the former capital and the largest city in central Burma, was a main road, rail and river communications centre with pretty much all Japanese military supplies destined for northern Burma passing through it. The railway, that ran through the city, being a natural choke point.
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  8. High Wood

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    The streets of Mandalay are numbered East-West and North-South. The Zegyo Market suffered bomb damage and has three whole sections of roof missing. There still is a famous clock tower outside the Market.

    The Setkyathiha Pagoda was also badly damaged during the war and was subsequently repaired.
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    This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial Collection, reference number SUK14020 and is captioned thus: The main thoroughfare of Mandalay deserted after the Infantry of the 14th Army had passed through.
    The photograph actually shows 26th Street with the Zegyo Market to the left and the Clock Tower in the middle distance.

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    The next photograph in the sequence, SUK14021, has the following caption: Mandalay Burma. C. 1945.04. British infantrymen of the 14th Army advancing through the bazaar area.

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  11. High Wood

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    Photograph SUK14024. Mandalay, Burma. A British military truck passes through a bazaar district which has suffered from air attack.

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  12. High Wood

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    Back to Rangoon with the U.S.A.A.F. 6th September 1943. The photograph shows an attack on Japanese shipping on the Rangoon river. The Kemmendene area of Rangoon can be seen to the east of the river.

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  13. High Wood

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    The same area on the map.
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  14. High Wood

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    Close up of the attack on the Japanese shipping.

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    Close up.

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