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

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     "It Began At Imphal"  the historically correct documentation of the 4 Combat Cargo Groups created during World War II to solve the logistics of jungle and island warfare where roads and other means of transportation were not available  

     In 1943 the War Department created a new air supply system - Combat Cargo - to service troops in the inaccessible jungles and island areas of W.W.II.  Completely self-sufficient and capable of moving on short notice while at the same time being nearly 100% operational, Combat Cargo was to carry ground troops and equipment to the fighting zone, maintain reinforcements, furnish complete logistical supply, and evacuate the wounded and other personnel.

     John Martin has presented a chronology of the original four groups, their missions in W.W.II and their history and subsequent lineage through the Berlin Crisis and on to the Korean War.  Martin's story shows evidence that these original groups were indeed progenitors of today's modern airlifters and their programs around the world.    

ISBN: 0897451112   112 pages. Illus., 8 x 11 paperback.  Copyright 1988

Available from the publisher: Sunflower University Press,  1531 Yuma (Box 1531), Manhattan, Kansas 66502-4228

                 Cost 18.95. Kansas residents add 5 3/4% sales tax.

                 Visa or Mastercard accepted. Telephone 913-539-1888.

Additional Availability:  amazon.com

    Visit:  DELIVERANCE FARM  to find out more about Dr. John G. Martin, DMV


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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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