Locating Baigachi RAF Airfield


While writing the blog about the places bombed by Japanese in Calcutta one name that often crept up was “Baigachi RAF Airfield”. For some time I was not being able to locate its exact position since the name of the locality has changed and has nothing to do with an airfield anymore. The one reference … Continue reading Locating Baigachi RAF Airfield

Japanese Air Raids on Kolkata during WWII


The only person to possibly have witnessed the Japanese bombing of Calcutta (Kolkata) during WWII were my paternal grandparents. I have never seen my maternal grandparents thus never would know their version of the history. My grandmother was a born storyteller, a prolific writer she had the finesse to tell stories and she told it … Continue reading Japanese Air Raids on Kolkata during WWII

Balloon Squadron That Protected Calcutta Against Japanese


This squadron was never meant to come to India in the first place it was destined for Rangoon but a series of mishaps and last minute change of plan led this squadron to be deployed in Calcutta (Kolkata). Balloon Squadrons do not exist anymore since the rules of war and the tools of war have … Continue reading Balloon Squadron That Protected Calcutta Against Japanese