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


443rd Troop Carrier Group

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

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

Edited by Maurer Maurer

Constituted as 443rd Troop Carrier Group on May 25, 1943.  Activated on Oct 1, 1943.  Equipped with L-3, C-53 and C-47 aircraft.   Transferred without personnel and equipment on Feb 15, 1944 to India, where the group remanned and new squadrons were assigned.  Operated in the CBI theater until after the war, using C-47's and sometimes gliders to transport Allied troops, evacuate wounded personnel, and haul supplies and material, including gasoline, oil, signal and engineering equipment, medicine rations, and ammunition.  The Group's missions were concerned primarily with support for Allied forces that were driving southward through Burma, but the 443rd also made flights to China.  It moved to China in Aug. 1945 and received a DUC for transporting men from Chihkiang to Nanking in Sept. 1945.   Returned to US in Dec 1945.  Inactivated on Dec. 26, 1945.

Redesignated 443rd Troop Carrier Group (Medium) and allotted to reserve.  Activated on June 27, 1949.  Called to active duty on May 1, 1951.  Assigned to Tactical Air Command.  Equipped first with C-46's, later (Feb 1952) with C-119's.  Inactivated Feb 1, 1953.

Squadrons:  1st 1944-1945,  2nd 1944-1945,   27th 1944-1945,  309th 1943-1944; 1949-1953,  310th 1943-1944; 1949-1953,   315th 1943-1945, 343rd 1949-1953, 344th 1949-1951.

Stations:  Sedalia AAfld, Mo. Oct 1, 1943;   Alliance AAFld, Neb. Jan 19 1944-Feb 15, 1944;  Sylhet, India, Feb15, 1944;   Sookerating, India, Jun 6, 1944;  Dinjan, India, July 9, 1944;    Ledo, India, Oct 8, 1944;  Dinjan, India, May 11, 1945;  Chihkiang, China, Aug 28, 1945;  Hankow, China, Sept 25-20, 1945;  Camp Anza, Ca, Dec 23-26, 1945.  Hensley Field, Tx. Jun 27, 1949;  Donaldson AFB, SC. Aug 9, 1951-Feb 1, 1953

Commanders:  Maj Elmer F. Estrumse, Oct 5, 1943;   Lt. Col. Charles D. Farr, Mar 13, 1944;  Lt. Col. Loren Cornell, May 16, 1944;   Col. Thomas J. Schofield, Nov 1, 1944; Col. Herbert Bott, Apr 12, 1945;  Col. Frederick L. Moore, Sep 11, 1945;  Lt. Col. Jack F. Marr, Dec-Dec,26, 1945;   Col. James B. Henson, May 1, 1951;  Maj. Clifford F. Harris, Dec 15, 1952-Feb. 1, 1953.

Campaigns:  India-Burma;  China Defensive;   Central Burma;  China Offensive.

Decorations:  Distinguished Unit Citation: China, Sep 5-30, 1945.

Insigne:  None.

 Source:   'Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II'                                  Edited by   Maurer Maurer   1982

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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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