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. Robert T. Waldbauer
| Robert T. Waldbauer was born in August
1922. He attended Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, between September 1940-February
1943. He also took a three month course in Civilian Pilot Training Program.
Bob received his private pilots license from the CAA in June, 1942.
Bob entered the U.S.A.A.F. in February 1943, and graduated from the Gulf Coast Training Command as a second Lieutenant and received his wings on April 15, 1944. In May 1944 Bob was then assigned to the Bond Project. As a member of the Bond Project, he flew to the CBI Theater via the Southern Route, where he arrived in June 1944. He was then assigned to the 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron. Bob initially flew missions into the Imphal Valley to help relieve the Japanese seige of the Imphal Valley and Plain, which was then ongoing. Flying with the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, Bob flew 218 combat missions and accumulated over 900 combat hours between June, 1944 and June 1945. Bob received the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf clusters, and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters, and three Campaign Battle Stars. Bob was finally discharged in August 1945.
In 1947, Bob went back to work at the family business which was located in Patchogue, Long Island, George Waldbauer & Sons, an automotive wholesale parts business, which was founded in 1925. There he served as Owner,Secretary, and Treasurer. This family business is presently run by Bob's only son. Bob has also served a Patchogue Village Trustee (1950-1960) and also as it's mayor, where he served as mayor its mayor for 16 consecutive years (1964-1980).
Reference "China Airlift - The Hump" Vol 2. Published by the Hump Pilots Association 1983. Produced by Dave Turner & Associates
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