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

 

3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron

Introduction

Lt. George 'Jake' Saylor

   George ‘Jake’ Saylor was born February 7, 1921 in Harlan, KY, he graduated East Tennessee State University 1942.   Jake arrived in the China-Burma-India Theater with 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3th Combat Cargo Group, as part of the 'Bond Project' in June 1945.  The 10th Combat Cargo Squadron was the first Combat Cargo Squadron to reach combat when Lord Mountbatten had personally asked General Arnold for Air Supply help for 'Imphal', which was surrounded by the Japanese.   While in the China-Burma-India Theater Jake was stationed at Sylhet, Deragon, Dinjan and Myitkyina.  Jake flew 285 missions, (mostly in C-47 844 "Saylor's Trailer") and C-46s, for a total of 1140 combat hours, a 10th Combat Cargo Squadron record.   Jake departed the CBI Theater of Operations from Calcutta on the USS General E.T. Collins in June 1945 for a 64 day 'CRUISE' to LA. 

     Jake returned to civilian life during 12/45 when he joined his fathers insurance business in Harlan, KY. where he remained for four years.  Unable to get the 100 octane avgas out of his blood, Jake returned to active duty in 1949 and was awarded a regular commission just in time for the Korean unpleasantness.  After completing jet-upgrading Jake was assigned to K-14, where he became Squadron Commander of the 15th Tac. Recon. Sqd.  There he flew F-80 Thunderjets and F-86 Sabre Jets in combat until the 'Police Action' ended.  Jake married Air Force Nurse 1st Lt. Patti S. Hall in Tachikawa, Japan in 1953. 

      Jake’s subsequent assignments included Washington, Maxell, Paris and Stuttgart.  During these tours he completed Squadron Officers School, Air Force Command and Staff,  Air War College and picked up a Master Degree.   A permanent Colonel, Jake could have remained on active duty until 1978, but choose to retire in 1973 with "30" after serving fours years on the Air War College faculty.   Jake and Patti have two children, Hank born in 1953 and Lisa born in 1958.  

     Jake says, "If he had to do it over he wouldn't change a thing".


Reference  "China Airlift - The Hump"   Vol. 2.  Published by the Hump Pilots Association 1983.  Produced by Dave Turner & Associates   

  © 2001


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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) 

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