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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

Military Career

Sgt. Aloysius 'Al' M. O'Neill Jr.

Aloysius M. (Al) O'Neill, Jr.   ASN 34842542

Native of Charleston SC,  Entered Army Fort Jackson, SC 8/3/43. Accepted opportunity of Cadet training even though doubtful about adequate vision. (One weak eye).

Military Basic Training at ETC 10, Greensboro, NC

November '43, College Training Detachment at Western Reserve University (now Case-Western), Cleveland, Ohio, including 10 hours dual instruction in Piper Cubs.

March '44; To San Antonio, further testing, classification and training where it was discovered that my "depth perception" did not exist, and I was washed out of the Cadet Program.

Passed test for Radio Operator training at San Antonio, and in April 1944 arrived at Sioux Falls SD. Radio School. At this point apparently headed for job in ground: station because too tall to be a gunner and because of eyesight, Lucked out; at precise time Radio Operator/Mech. Training completed, Troop Carrier was looking for live bodies.

To George Field, Lawrenceville, Ill. in October '44. At this point still a buck private, who had never had a furlough or three day pass, and any kind of extended furlough seemed out of the question, so Muriel Gaffney, my fiancee' came to Vincenne with her parents and mine and we were married on November 11. 1944.

Aircrew member wings and corporal's stripes at George Field. Completed training at George February 1945, sent with a number of crews to Baer Field (staging area) at Fort Wayne. Shipped out with same crews to New York, heading for European Theater. Four days in New York, then sent back to Baer and re-directed to India. Route: West Palm Beach; Puerto Rico; British Guiana (now Guyana); Belem, Brazil; Natal, Brazil; Ascension Island; Accrar Gold Coast (now Ghana); Maiduguirir Nigeria; Khartouml Sudan; Aden; Masirah Island; Karachi India; winding up at a replacement depot in Ondal, India. Journey complete about March 23, '45.

Quickly assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron. First so-called "combat" flight March 29, 1945. Base at the time: Dinjan, Assam India. Mission: Deliver supplies into Burma to forward bases, and occasionally drop supplies behind Japanese lines. Used C-47s. While performing this task, survived crash and burn on take-off.

June 1, 10th Com-Car switched to C-46s, moved to Myitkyina, Burma, and began task of hauling gasoline over "Hump" to China in C-46s. Now sergeant.

Last flight from Myitkyina, July 15, '45 had to make emergency parachute jump when engines failed. Four days getting back to base with help from Kachin tribesmen. Sent to rest camp where typhoid developed as a result of water drunk during walk-out.

Returned to unit after end of war in time to move to Shanghai, China. New mission: Fly part of Chiang Kai-Shek's army from Shanghai to Peiping to take the weapons from defeated Japanese to keep the Chinese Communist Army from getting them. Now staff Sergeant. (331st Troop Carrier Squadron, 513th Troop Carrier Group,)

Left Shanghai on transport USS General Hugh L. Scott Dec. 16, '45. Arrived Seattle Dec. 29. Seattle by train to Fort Gordon, Ga.

Re-united with wife in Augusta Ga. Discharged January 17, 1945. Met three months old son same day. 


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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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