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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



Lt. Marshall 'Red' Feld

     Born June 7, 1922 Chicago, Illinois

     Prior to going into service, worked as Precision Inspector at Stewart Warner Defense Plant while attending Aeronautical University of Chicago.

     Enlisted in the Army Air Corp Reserves in September 1942. December 7, 1941: Announcement over P.A. at work that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor (Where the heck is Pearl Harbor? ).  Called up to active duty in December 1942.

     Basic training: Jefferson Barracks, Missouri ( known as Pneumonia Gulch).  Was in the Original College Training Program at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa

     Preflight Training: San Antonio, Texas, Class 44B, experienced the class system (eating square meals and " Hit a brace, Mister" )

     Primary Flight Training: Mustang Field, El Reno, Oklahoma (flew PT 19's).   The day I soloed in the PT 19 - What a charge!!.

     Basic Flight Training: Enid Air Base, Enid, Oklahoma (flew BT-13 and BT-15).  Lost a bunk mate, Bob Fear during Basic Flight Training when the vertical stabilizer broke away from his ship and his chute got caught in the flight controls.  Due to hospital stay, finished with Class 44C.

     Advanced Twin Engine Training:  Altus, Oklahoma (flew AT-9's).

     Received wings on March 12, 1944.

     After 30 day leave, reported to Ellington field, Texas to be an instructor in AT-17's.

     Sent to Morrison Field, Florida on May 9, 1944 where the Bond Project was being organized.  Departed for India on May 21, 1944.  Had emergency hernia surgery upon arnival at Karachi, India.  Joined the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3rd Combat Cargo Group at Deregon then on to Dinjan.  Some of my memories include: Participated in Operation <          'JACK RABBIT', which returned Chinese troops to China via THE HUMP.  Dropped O.S.S. Team behind Japanese Lines.  Those guys sure had "guts".  Was Jack Martin's co-pilot on December 14, 1944 during a cargo drop at Bhamo.  Looked out the side window to observe, and heard gun fire and saw Japanese Tojo's or Zeros shooting down # 379 of the 12th Combat Cargo Squadron.   Hit the radio emergency frequency for ''mayday'' about Bandits.  Later learned later that the R.O. on ship # 379 was Donald Calahan, who was on our original plane to India.  Bunked with John Zerbe, William Tavenner and Bill Bielauskas.  ALL SUPER GUYS.  Played alot of Pinochle games with Tom Atkins, Herb Ochs and Bob Montana.   Kibbutzing by Bob Trykowski and Cal Bannon complaining we were keeping him awake.

    Rotated in April 1945 after 1001 combat hours.   Discharged September 1945.

    Marshall Feld June 1999

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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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