Imphal, The Hump and Beyond
U.S.A.A.F Combat Cargo Groups of the Second World War
3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron
Lt. John G. Martin
| John G. Martin enlisted in the Army Air Corp in
December 1942, and graduated Class 44D, from Lubbock, TX. commissioned as a 2nd
Lt. His first assignment was to San Marcos, TX. as a staff pilot flying
navigator students. He "Volunteered" for overseas duty and was sent
to Morrison Field FL. as part of the 'Bond Project'. There he was assigned, as a
co-pilot on a C-47A whose first pilot was Lt. James Laird.
John flew the C-47 to India via the 'Southern Route' where he became an original member of the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3rd Combat Cargo Group. He was stationed first at Sylhet, India located in the Lower Assam. He checked out as first pilot in June 1944 and participated in the Imphal Valley Campaign. A ground accident resulted in the first aircraft lose of the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, both pilot, Lt. Laird and co-pilot, John Martin escaped without injury.
His next stations were at Deragon in the Upper Assam and then Dinjan. There he flew missions in to Burma and China, moving heavy road equipment, steel pipe, wounded soldiers, dead soldiers, mutton, chickens, gasoline and you name it - he flew it. Toward the end of his tour John was involved in air drops to OSS Detachments in China and Burma.
John Martin was in Myitkyina when the Japanese owned it; he was in Bhamo when the Japanese had it. He was once involved in an air attack on C-47s of the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron when the Squadron was jumped by Japanese Zeros on 12/14/44, while over an airdrop target. He also flew the "Old Gooney Bird" over "The Rock" carrying Chinese troops, gasoline, etc. numerous times.
John rotated back to the states in March 1945 His decorations include; the Air Medal with 4 OLC, Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 OLC, Chinese War Memorial Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 battle stars. John graduated Ohio State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and began practice in Ashland KY. during 1950.
John married Mary Helen Feyler, the girl he wrote while overseas. John and Mary have one daughter, Terri. John has also written two books about the CBI, the first; "Through Hells Gate To Shanghai" (History of the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron) the second; "It Began At Imphal" (Combat Cargo Groups of W.W.II).
Reference "China Airlift - The Hump" Vol. 2. Published by the Hump Pilots Association 1983. Produced by Dave Turner & Associates
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