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
Height soothes the Savage Beast
Lt. Robert T. Waldbauer
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Waldbauer who piloted C-47s in India for the 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th
Combat Cargo Squadron, said that whenever he was hauling animals as part of his supply
cargo, the squealing and general howling of the menagerie would quiet down as the animals
fell asleep in the rarified atmosphere over the mountains.
'We carried everything from tank parts to peanuts' said Lt. Wwaldbauer, who has been honored for 900 combat flying hours. 'However, the flight I enjoyed most was a Christmas day when we dropped hundreds of turkeys and all the fixings to men fighting in forward areas in Burma.'
Of his 218 missions, the Lt. believes, his last was the most exciting. He had received his orders for home and while waiting, took-off for Burma with a cargo of two new engines for front line aircraft.
'Everything was going along swell' he said, 'until I got up over a desolate mountain pass. Then one of my engines cut out. It sure seemed ironic to be carrying two perfectly good engines and then have one of mine act up. For awhile we were worried about bailing out, but finally made it, landing on one good engine at our destination.'
Thanks to Bob Waldbauer for the above story. It was taken from an article published in Patchogue Advance in 1945.
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