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7th Bombardment Group (1942–1945)  India (B-17, B-24).

Hijli
Air Field

 
Type
Military airbase
Coordinates
22°19'10"N   87°19'12"E
Built
unknown
In use
unknown -1945
Current condition
Abandoned
Battles/wars
World War II

During World War II, the airport was known as the Hijli Base Area, and was used by the Twentieth Air Force. It hosted the United States Army Air Force XX Bomber Command 58th Bombardment Wing between February 8–24, 1945, prior to its deployment to the Mariana Islands.


 

ARMY AIR FORCE UNITS IN HIJLI
ON 1 MAY 1945

Commands

XX Bomber Command
Hq and Hq Sq (Less Dets) (493 MY) - Hijli, India

Army Airways Communications (AACS) Units

Hq, 1st Tactical Group, Army Airways Communication System (493 NY) - Hijli, India

Miscellaneous Units

136th Radio Security Det, 12th Radio Security Sec (690 NY) - Hijli, India

Signal Battalions / Companies

413th Signal Company, Avn (493 NY) Hijli, India

Weather Squadrons

Det #123 (493 NY) - Hijli, India

 

 

 

THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 1945

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force):  In India, HQ 58th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) moves from Kharagpur to Hijli Base Area.

SATURDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 1945

CHINA THEATER (Fourteenth Air Force):  5 B-24s on individual sweeps over the S China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin claim 4 vessels sunk.

HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force):  Mission 38:  In an all-incendiary attack, 105 of 116 B-29s hit the Empire Dock area at Singapore, Malayan States, burning out about 40 per cent of the warehouse area; 1 B-29 is lost; this is the last 100-aircraft strike by the XX Bomber Command. HQ 58th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) and HQ 468th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) begin a movement from the Hijli Base Area and Kharagpur, India respectively to the Mariana Islands.

 

 

 

2 Combat Camera Squadron (AFPAA)
Station at Hijli, India, Nov 1944-6 May 1945;

Lineage . Constituted as 2 Army Air Forces Combat Camera Unit on 4 Feb 1943. Activated on 12 Feb 1943. Redesignated as 2 Combat Camera Unit on 1 Aug 1945. Inactivated on 30 Nov 1945. Activated on 1 Jun 1949. Inactivated on 26 Sep 1949. Activated on 1 Sep 1950. Redesignated as 2 Photographic Squadron on 1 May 1951. Inactivated on 8 Jun 1954. Consolidated (1 Apr 1992) with the 1352 Audiovisual Squadron, which was designated, and activated, on 1 Oct 1985. Redesignated as: 1352 Audiovisual Squadron (Combat Camera) on 1 Feb 1990; 2 Combat Camera Squadron on 1 Apr 1992. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1996. Activated on 23 Oct 2009.

Assignments . 1 Motion Picture Unit, 12 Feb 1943; AAF, India-Burma Sector, c. 27 Jun 1944 (attached to 8 Photo Reconnaissance Group, Jul-26 Oct 1944; XX Bomber Command, 27 Oct 1944-c. Apr 1945); XXI Bomber Command, c. 8 Jun 1945; Twentieth Air Force, 16 Jul-30 Nov

1945. 311 Air Division (attached to 91 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing), 1 Jun-26 Sep 1949. 2750 Air Base Wing, 1 Sep 1950; Air Pictorial Service, 5 Jun 1951; 4860 Photo (later, 1350 Photo) Group, 12 Feb 1952 (attached to Far East Air Forces, 24 Jul 1952-); Air Photographic and Charting Service, 1 Jan-8 Jun 1954 (remained attached to Far East Air Forces to 8 Jun 1954). Aerospace Audiovisual (later, Air Combat Camera) Service, 1 Oct 1985; 615 Air Mobility Operations Group, 22 Jul 1994-1 Apr 1996. Air Force Public Affairs Agency, 23 Oct 2009-.

Station at Hijli, India, Nov 1944-6 May 1945;

 

 


58th Air Division ( 58th Bombardment Wing )

Hijli Base Area , India , February 824, 1945

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10th Combat Camera Unit

Source:   Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:   Active by Nov 44, inactivated after 1 May 45, (if inactivated) activated by 1946, inactivated 7 Jan 50; consolidated 16 Oct 84 with 452nd Reconnaissance Technical Sq as 6th Reconnaissance Technical Sq.

Assignments:   XX Bomber Cd -unknown; Unknown 1946-18 Aug 48; 32 Composite Wg -1 Apr 49; Unknown -7 Jan 50.

Stations:   Hijli -unknown; Kharagpur -after May 45; Kadena AB 1946-1950.

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317th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando)

Hijli, India, 18 Dec 1945;

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136th Radio Security Det, 12th Radio Security Sec - Hijli, India

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413th Signal Co. (Avn) - Calcutta, India (XXth Bomber Command)
Hijli Base Area, India c. Mar 44.

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383rd Air Service Group:
226th Medical Dispensary, Aviation - Hijli, India

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10th Photographic Technical Unit Stations:   Hijli; Kharagpur; Meritorious Unit Commendation:  8 Apr-8 Oct 44, GO 79, Hq 20th AF, dtd 5 Apr 45

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226th Medical Dispensary, Aviation - Hijli, India

 
 
 
 
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