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


4th 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 4th Combat Cargo Group on 9 June 1944 and activated on 13 June 1944. Trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft.  Moved to India in Nov 1944.  Began operations with C-46's in Dec 1944. Transported reinforcements and supplies for Allied forces in Burma until May 1945.  Operations included moving equipment and materials for the Ledo Road in Dec 1944; transporting men, mules, and boats when the Allies crossed the Irrawaddy River in Feb 1945; and dropping Gurkha paratroops during the assault on Rangoon in May 1945.  Moved to Burma in Jun 1945 and hauled ammunition, gasoline, mules, and men to China until the war ended.  Returned to India in Nov 1945.

Inactivated on 9 Feb 1946. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948.

SQUADRONS. 13th: 1944-1945. 14th: 1944-I946. 15th: 1944-1945. 16th: 1944-1945.

STATIONS. Syracuse AAB, NY, 13 Jun 1944; Bowman Field, Ky, 17 Aug-5 Nov 1944; Sylhet, India, 28 Nov 1944, Agartala, India, Dec 1944; Chittagong, India, 5 Jan 1945; Namponmao, Burma, Jun 1945; Pandaveswar, India, Nov 1945; Panagarh, India, 15 Jan-9 Feb 1946.

COMMANDERS. Col. Stuart D. Baird, 13 Jun 1944-unknown.

CAMPAIGNS. India-Burma; Central Burma; China Offensive.



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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) 

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