Kai Tak airport – BAAG Reports 1942-1944, plus other HK landing strips

Elizabeth Ride: The following reports concern Kai Tak aerodrome in BAAG Intelligence Summaries. I do not guarantee that I have been able to find every single mention, and I advise anyone interested to have a look at the collected Intelligence reports in the Hong Kong Heritage Project (see below).  I have added some bombing reports to this article.

I would also like to mention that the HK Government Information Services once published a very informative undated booklet about Kai Tak called simply Hong Kong Airport.  It contains photos, floor plans of the building, history etc.

HF: These reports contain information about developments at Kai Tak including its expansion during the Japanese occupation.

There are also reports on several actual or potential aerodromes and “landing grounds” including:
Nam Tau
Kam Tin
Tai Ping
So Kun Wat
Pak Sha
Sha Kok

The bombing reports mention a few industrial/shipbuilding/transport locations. These are:-
South China Iron Works Tsun (Tsuen) Wan WIS #13 8.12.42
Kowloon Docks  KWIZ #74 10.11.44
KCR KWIZ #77 15.12.44
Cosmopolitan Docks KWIZ #78 22.12.44

Kai Tak BAAG 1

Kukong Intelligence Summary No. 3, 24.6.1942.

Kai Tak BAAG 24.6.42

KIS #6: 10.7.1942.
Kai Tak – 5th July 1942. “To be the biggest airfield in Far East”. Work has started on the extension of the airfield at Kai Tak. Houses in the vicinity must be demolished by occupants forthwith, compensation HK$1,000. Precise details of reported extension are not yet availaable but the following data has come to hand:
Stage 1 – Has been started. Clearance of all villages in paddy north of present landing ground.
Stage 2 – Orders issued. Clearing of all village buildings in SW corner making all land at present enclosed by main road available.
Stage 3 – To be staarted in August. Clearing of all ground east of bearing [?] degrees from Police station.
The whole area is now a prohibition Area. An unconfirmed report states that British working parties have been seen working there.

Waichow Intelligence Summary No 6. 14.8.1942

Kai Tak BAAG 14.8.1942

WIS #8: 9.10.42.

Kai Tak BAAG 9.10.42

WIS # 13: 8.12.42.

Kai Tak BAAG 8.12.42
WIS #15: 30.12.42.

Kai 30.12.42

WIS #17: 28.1.1943.

Kai 17 28.1.43

WIS #17: 28.1.1943.

Kai 17b 28.1.43

WIS #18: 12.2.1943.

Kai 18 12.2.43

WIS #18: 12.2.1943.

Kai 18b 12.2.43

WIS #19: 17.2.1943.

Kai 19 17.2.43
WIS #19 17.2.1943.

Kai 19b 17.2.43
WIS #23 14.3.43.

Kai 23 14.3.43
WIS #24: 23.3.43.

Kai 24 23.3.43

WIS #25: 27.3.43.

Kai 25 27.3.43

 

Kai 25b 27.3.43
WIS #25: 27.3.43.
(cont)

Kai 25c 27.3.43

Kai 25e 27.3.43

Kai 25f 27.3.43

Kai 25g 27.3.43
WIS #26: 7.4.43.

kai 26 7.4.43

WIS #27: 14.4.43.

Kai 27a 14.4.43
WIS #27: 14.4.43 cont

Kai 27b 14.4.43

WIS #27: 14.4.43 cont.

Kai 27c 14.4.43

WIS #27: 14.4.43 cont.

Kai 27d 14.4.43

WIS #27: 14.4.43 cont.

Kai 27e 14.4.43

From a letter from Col Ride to Nilitary Attaché of 12.5.43:

Kai Letter

WIS #28: 25.4.43.

Kai 28a 25.4.43

Kai 28b 25.4.43

 

Kai 28c 25.4.43

 

Kai 28d 25.4.43

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N.B by EMR: I have not found the sections “IIa – Air” for KWIZ # 5 of 12.7.43 to #68 of 29.9.44.

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Kweilin Weekly Intelligence Summary KWIZ.

KWIZ #4: 27.6.1943.

KWIZ 4 27.6.43
KWIZ # 69: 6.10.44.

KWIZ 69 6.10.44
KWIZ # 70: 13.10.44.

KWIZ 70a

 

KWIZ 70b

KWIZ # 72: 27.10.44.

KWIZ 72

KWIZ #74: 10.11.44.

KWIZ 74

KWIZ #75: 17.11.44.

KWIZ 75

KWIZ #76: 24.11.44.

KWIZ 76

KWIZ #77: 15.12.44.

KWIZ 77a

KWIZ 77c

KWIZ #78: 22.12.44.

KWIZ 78a

KWIZ 78b

 

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. World War Two – Kai Tak airport, BAAG maps, sketches and plans
  2. Kai Tak airport – 1925 to 1945, a brief history

Further information:

Related Indhhkk articles:

The website has several articles about BAAG reports from HK during WW2 and about various aspects of life in HK during the Japanese occupation. The index shows all of these.

 

 

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