Imphal, The Hump and Beyond
U.S.A.A.F. Combat Cargo Groups of the Second World War
Parallel Flights: A Father-Daughter Memoir
by Marilyn McCord
Col. Hal H. McCord (still alive at 91) spent considerable time at Randolph in the early 1940s. As a personnel officer he was involved in the training of pilots for the WWII effort. He also had a service pilot rating and flew an amazing number of aircraft, often involved in flight testing after maintenance. In the spring of 1944 he was assigned overseas and spent 20 months with the Air Transport Command, 501st AAF Base Unit.
McCord had sufficient rank (a full colonel at 33) and imagination to shape wartime events for troops in the commands where he served. In Casablanca he created special music groups that became the envy of two continents. He “midnight requisitioned” Navy refrigerators to keep beer cold in desert outposts. He flew the length of the Nile in an abandoned B-25 salvaged from the Sahara.
Hal was the courier who hand-carried to Gen. Stilwell the war plan for the Chinese theater, though at the time he did not know what was chained to his wrist. The CBI theater provided plenty of excitement --during a search-and-rescue effort in Western China, machete-brandishing bandits attacked from nearby hills. Hal found out what his .45 could do.
Read the book written by his daughter from personal conversations, McCord’s 201 File, and other research.
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