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

About the Author

Dr. John G. Martin, D.M.V.


     When John Martin graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1950, he already had a good deal of experience under his belt.   He'd studied engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, flown "the Hump" into China in World War II for the Army Air Corps, (with the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, C.B.I. Theater, 1944-1945), and lived the life of a poor married college student...with a new baby.  But his life was to take a colorful twist after he returned to Kentucky to begin his practice.

     His wife's enthusiasm for the circus was contagious.  After Martin began visiting the Big Top, he was soon drafted to begin  treating circus animals - chimpanzees with bad teeth, elephants with boils and bears who needed surgery.  Learning from the legendary Dr. J.Y. Henderson, Ringling Brothers Circus Veterinarian, he eventually became one of the best recognized pioneers in exotic animal medicine during the 1950', '60's and '70's.

     But his heart was in the hill country of eastern Kentucky and he served this area for 38 years as veterinary practitioner caring for both farm animals and small animal pets.  His compassion for the owners, as well as his animal patients, made for very successful career.

     Now retired Dr. John Martin is a recognized Kentucky author dealing with happenings of his profession, the lore of the Kentucky hills and the people he served so well.


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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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