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Pai Bridge

The bridge over the River Pai is often cited as the most conspicuous evidence of the presence of the Imperial Japanese Army
in Thailand during WWII. Unfortunately the statement is in error, as is much other information about that period . . . .

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Japan in Northwest Thailand during World War II

N17°22.365
E100°04.586[1]
Ban Dara Bridge (Th: / Jp: )
USAAF Aerial Photo Intelligence
Page 1 of 1
RR Bridge
Northern Route
Sta 456.99 [2]

 

Text Notes

 

Flight reports here record aerial photo coverage of Ban Dara Bridge by only the 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. Other coverage probably exists, but I have not found it as yet.


09 January 1944

Ban Dara Bridge aerial 09 Jan 1944[3]


16 September 1944

Ban Dara Bridge aerial 16 Sep 1944[4]


23 December 1944

Ban Dara Bridge aerial 23 Dec 1944[5]


05 January 1945

Ban Dara Bridge aerial 05 Jan 1945[6]


26 October 1944

Ban Dara Bridge aerial 29 Jan 1944[7]


17 February 1945

Ban Dara Bridge aerial 17 Feb 1945[8]

 

Revision List
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2012 Dec 05
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Revision list. See bottom of Text column on this page.

1.^ Source: Google Earth fix on center of bridge.

2.^Whyte, BR, The Railway Atlas of Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia (Bangkok: White Lotus, 2010), p 27.

3.^ 21st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (hereafter 21PRS) Report Mission No. 13-4A, 09 Jan 1944 (USAF Archive microfilm reel A0878 p0197).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.^ 21PRS Report Mission No. 4 MA 115, 16 Sep 1944
(USAF Archive microfilm reel A0878 p0441).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.^ 21PRS Report Mission No. 4MA 41 W, 23 Dec 1944
(USAF Archive microfilm reel A0878 p0682).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.^21PRS Report Mission No. 5 MA 4, 05 Jan 1944
(USAF Archive microfilm reel A0878 p0815).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.^ 21PRS Report Mission No. 5 MA 15 W, 29 Jan 1945
(USAF Archive microfilm reel A0878 p0785).

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.^ 21PRS Report Mission No. 5 MA 39, 17 Feb 1945
(USAF Archive microfilm reel A0878 p0769).