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U.S.A.A.F Combat Cargo Groups of the Second World War

1st Combat Cargo Group

A Short History from the "Air Force Units of World War II"

by USAF Historical Division, Air University, Department of the The Air Force  1959

Edited by Maurer Maurer

Constituted as 1st Combat Cargo Group on 11 Apr 1944 and activated on 15 Apr.  Equipped with C-47's.  Moved to the CBI theater in Aug 1944.  Began operations in Sep 1944 by transporting supplies and reinforcements to and evacuating casualties from Imphal, Burma. Continued to support Allied operations in Burma, flying in men and supplies from India, moving equipment required to construct and operate airstrips, dropping dummy cargoes to lead the enemy away from Allied offensives, dropping paratroops for the assault on Rangoon (May 1945), and evacuating prisoners of war who were freed by Allied advances.  Meanwhile, part of the group had been sent to China, and for a short time (Dec 1944-Jan 1945) the group's headquarters was located there.  Operations in China included helping to evacuate the air base at Kweilin during a Japanese drive in Sep 1944, moving Chinese troops, and flying many supply missions, some of which involved ferrying gasoline and materiel over the Hump from India.   The group, partially re-equipped with C-46's in Jun 1945, engaged primarily in transporting men, food, arms, and ammunition until the end of the war.

Redesignated 512th Troop Carrier Group in Sep 1945. Returned to the US in Dec 1945. Inactivated on 24 Dec 1945.

Redesignated 512th Troop Carrier Group (Medium) and allotted to the reserve. Activated on 2 Sep 1949.

Equipped with C-46's.  Ordered into service on 15 Mar 1951.   Inactivated on 1 Apr 1951.

Allotted to the reserve.  Activated on 14 June I952.  Equipped with C-46's.

SQUADRONS. 1st (later 326th ): 1944- I945; 1949-1951; 1952- 2nd (later 327th ): 1944-1945; 1949-1951; 1952-. 3rd (later 328th ) : 1944-1945; 1949-1951; 1952-. 4th (later 329th ): 1944-1945; 1949-1951.

STATIONS. Bowmen Field, Ky, 15 Apr-5 Aug 1944; Sylhet, India, 21 Aug 1944; Tulihal, India, 30 Nov 1944; Tsuyang, China, 20 Dec 1944; Dohazari, India, 30 Jan 1945; Hathazari, India, 15 May 1945;

Myitkyina, Burma, Jun I945; Liuchow, China, 30 Aug 1945; Kiangwan, China,g Oct-3 Dec 1945; Camp Anza, Calif, 23-24 Dec 1945. Reading Municpal Airport, Pa, 2 Sept 1949; New Castle County Airport, Del, 1 May 1950-1951 Apr 1951. New Castle County Airport, Del, 14 Jun I952--.

COMMANDERS. Lt Col. Robert J Rentz, 21 Apr 1944; Lt Col. Walter P Briggs, 28 Apr 1945; Maj. Samuel B Ward, 18 Aug 1945; Maj. Maurice D Watson, 9 Sep 1945; Maj. Wilbur B Sprague, 15 Sep 1945; Col. J H Snyder, 24 Nov 1945; Capt. Dixon M.Jordan, 29 Nov-c. 24 Dec 1945

CAMPAIGNS. India-Burma; China Defensive; Central Burma; China Ofensive.

DECORATIONS. None.

INSIGNE. Shield: On a shield azure, over a sphere argent, with shading of the field, a stylized aircraft gulls, with high-lights of the second, its road-like jet stream encircling the sphere or, shaded gulls, with center dash-like markings and all outlines of the first. (Approved 21 Jan 1958.) 


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  I am looking for former members of the 3rd Combat Cargo Group,  1st, Combat Cargo Group, 2nd Combat Cargo Group and the 4th Combat Cargo Group.  In fact I would like to hear from anyone who flew over the Hump during WW II, or flew any Combat Cargo Missions at any time (Berlin Air-Lift, Korea, etc) 

Please e-mail comment, suggestions, corrections,etc to: bill@comcar.org

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