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U.S.A.A.F. Combat Cargo Groups of the Second World War

3rd Combat Cargo Group

A Short History from the "Air Force Units of World War II"

by USAF Historical Division, Air University, Department of the The Air Force  1959

Edited by Maurer Maurer

    Constituted as 3rd Combat Cargo group on June 1, 1944 and activated in India on June 5, 1944. Equipped with C-47s.   (Initially the Group was to be used to relieve the besieged British Garrison at Imphal, India and when this job was done they would be rotated back to the USA for proper training and redeployment to combat.  This never happend the Group remained in the CBI for the duration.)   The Group supported ground forces during the battle for Northern Burma and the subsequent allied drive southward.  Flew allied troops and material to the front, transporting gasoline, oil, vehicles, engineering and signal equipment, and other items the group either landed or dropped in Burma.  Also evacuated wounded personnel to India.  Moved to Burma in June 1945.  Hauled gasoline and other supplies to bases in Western China.

    Redesignated the 513th Troop Carrier Group in September 1945.   Moved to China November 1945.  Inactivated April 15, 1945.  Redesignated the 513th Troop Carrier Group (Special).   Activated in Germany on November 19, 1948.   Assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe.  Using C-54’s transported food, coal, and other supplies during the Berlin Airlift. 1948-1949.  Inactivated in Germany October 16, 1949.  Redesignated the 513th Troop Carrier Group (Assault, fixed wing).   Activated in the US on November 8, 1955.  Assigned to Tactical Air Command and equipped with C-123 aircraft.

Later assigned to England at Mildenhall AB

Squadrons:   9th (later 330th): 1944-1945; 1948-1949; 1955-; 10th (later 331st): 1944-1945; 1948-1949; 1955-;   11th (later 332nd): 1944-1945; 1948-1949; 1955-;  12th (later 333rd): 1944-1945; 1948-1949;  1955-

Stations:  Sylhet, India, June 5, 1944,  (During much of Groups deployment in India, it wasn't often that all four Squadrons of group were located together).  Myitkyina, Burma, June 3, 1945,  Shanghai, China, November 1, 1945 - April 6, 1946,  Rhein-Main AB, Germany, November 19, 1948 - 1949,  Stewart AFB, Tennessee,   November 8, 1955 - Midenahall, England, unknown - 1991

Commanders:    Col. Charles D. Farr, June 5, 1944;  Col. Hiette S. Williams Jr., October 25, 1944;  Col. G. Robert Dodson, April 21, 1945;  Col. Hugh D. Wallace, June 17, 1945;  Lt. Col. George H. Van Deusan, unknown -1946,  Unknown, 1948-1949,  Col. John R. Roche, November 8, 1955-

Campaigns:    India-Burma; Central Burma

Decorations:    None

Insigne:    Shield, on a shield per fesse dancette azure and vert an American bald eagle volant, marked with there stars, red, blue, and green, wings spread upward, carrying with his talons an aircraft wing ection loaded with a guns, supple box, and a combat soldier, all or: in chief a lightning bolt of the  last.   Motto; SUBSUDAUA FERIMUS—'We fly men and material' (approved April 3, 1957)


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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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