Imphal, The Hump and Beyond
U.S.A.A.F. Combat Cargo Groups of the Second World War
2nd Combat Cargo Group, 54th Troop Carrier Wing, 5th Air Force, Pacific Theater
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 2nd Combat Cargo
Group on 25 Apr 1944. Activated on 1 May 1944. Trained with C-47 and C-46
aircraft. Moved to the Southwest Pacific, Oct-Nov 1944, and assigned to Fifth
AF. Operated from Biak to fly passengers and cargo to US bases in Australia, New
Guinea, the Admiralties, and the Philippines. Also dropped supplies to US and
guerrilla forces in the Philippines. Moved to Leyte in May 1945. Maintained
flights to bases in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines; transported personnel and
supplies to the Ryukyus, and evacuated casualties on return flights. Moved to
Okinawa in Aug 1945. Transported personnel and equipment of the occupation forces to Japan
and ferried liberated prisoners of war to the Philippines. Moved to Japan in Sep
1945. Inactivated on 15 Jan 1946. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948.
SQUADRONS. 5th: 1944-1946. 6th: 1944- 1946. 7th: 1944-1946. 8th: 1944-1946.
STATIONS. Syracuse AAB, NY, 1 May 1944; Baer Field, Ind, 9-27 Oct 1944; Biak, Nov 1944; Dulag, Leyte, May 1945; Okinawa, c. 20 Aug 1945; Yokota, Japan, c. 22 Sep 1945-15 Jan 1946.
COMMANDERS. Col. William J Bell, May 1944: Maj. Arthur D Thomas, 10 Dec 1945-unknown.
CAMPAIGNS. Air Offensive, Japan; New Guinea; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Ryukyus.
DECORATIONS. Philippine Presidential
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