By Edward M. Young, Mark Styling
Osprey's research of the B-24 Liberator devices within the CBI Theatre of global struggle II (1939-1945). The B-24 Liberator used to be the mainstay of the united states military Air Force's strategic bombing attempt within the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre from 1942 until eventually the tip of the battle in 1945. With longer diversity and a better load-carrying means than the B-17, the B-24 was once compatible to the calls for of the CBI. The CBI's air forces - the 10th in India and the Fourteenth in China - every one had one heavy bomb team built with Liberators. those teams, the seventh and the 308th, carried the conflict to the japanese throughout China and South East Asia, flying over one of the most tough terrain on this planet. The 308th had the further burden of getting to hold its personal gasoline and bombs over the Himalayan 'Hump' from India to China in aid of its missions. regardless of the hardships and severe distances from resources of offer, either devices compiled a remarkable checklist, each one profitable unique Unit Citations.
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There was only one survivor. The next shipping strike came on the night of 7 March when three squadrons went out to attack vessels in ports in southern Burma and in the Gulf of Siam, each aeroplane carrying five 1000-lb bombs and a bomb-bay fuel tank to extend the range. These were long, tiring, 15-hour or more missions. In the target area the B-24s, which flew separately, would descend to 300 ft above the sea. The bombers left India in the late afternoon and returned to base the following morning.
Initially these leaflet-dropping missions were combined with diversionary bombing raids on Japanese airfields in Thailand, but the raids were soon dropped. Usually, an element of three aircraft would take off at dawn to fly deep into Thailand to drop leaflets from low altitude, even flying directly over Bangkok in broad daylight. The 493rd's final mission was on 3 September when four aircraft dropped leaflets on 17 Thai towns. In nearly three years of combat the B-24s of the 7th BG had dropped 13,165 tons of bombs in the course of nearly 500 combat missions and carried close to 3,000,000 gallons of fuel to China.
The 9th achieved the best results, destroying three bridges along the line and strafing six freight wagons. The squadrons returned to the Burma-Thailand railway on 5 April, this time with more success. The bombers had to descend to 300 ft, manoeuvring below the nearby hills to hit their targets. The 9th and 436th BSs struck rail bridges while the 492nd and 493rd BSs were assigned the task of destroying sections of track. The 9th BS was again successful, destroying two bridges and strafing locomotives, rolling stock and buildings along their section of the line, but it lost one aircraft to flak.