CBI November Round-up

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5 November – 53 B-29’s of the 20th US Army Air Corps made a round-trip of 3700 miles (5950 km) from Calcutta, India to bomb enemy installations around Singapore and the Pangkalan oil refinery on Sumatra, Dutch East Indies Indonesian).

Construction on Ledo Road

As shown by the photos, the Ledo Road was an ever-constant process of being built while it was used to deliver supplies.

Accurate supply drops in Burma.

10TH AIR FORCE HQ, in BURMA – You generally associate pin-point bombing with fighter and bomber planes. But then you’re not giving a fair shake to the gang who fly the 10th Air Force’s Troop Carrier and Combat Cargo planes, who have a remarkable record for accuracy in supply dropping.
Battle lines in Burma have been so fluid at times that the pilots’ instructions were out of date an hour after take-off. In many cases, they had to be briefed on new targets while in the air. But so fine has been their marksmanship, that seldom, if ever, have they ‘chuted a package to the wrong team in the jungle warfare.
Less than two hours before the picture at left was taken, the territory was in Jap hands. While the pilot was in the air, he was ordered to this point. Advance Allied patrols, left center, wait to pick up the packages.

Home Never Like This
BUT PIPELINERS NOT STUMPED

BURMA – Ferrying supplies into camp on an improvised raft of empty gasoline drums was never taught at Camp Claiborne to the SOS Engineers who operate the CBI Pipeline. Nor was the proper way to manage a rubber life boat a part of their Field Manuals. And certainly, checking for leaks in the pipeline daily in an assault boat was not prescribed as SOP. All three of these amphibious operations, however, comprise normal “daily dozens” for certain members of the Engineer Petroleum Distribution Companies under Engineer Division No.1.
With the roads washed out and almost surrounded by water, the men of one pumping station devised a raft, using four empty 55-gallon gasoline drums lashed together. Propelled by bamboo poles, this craft crosses the “River Styx,” as the body of water has been locally nicknamed, several times daily to bring in supplies.
Farther along the line lies “Twin Islands,” another pumping station. The station itself is on “Island Number One,” while on “Island Number Two” a mile or more away live the men. An assault boat, powered by a 22 horsepower Johnson outboard motor, plies back and forth between the islands, carrying tools and equipment and the men who work at the pumps. This detachment of men is the proud possessor of a second boat in their boathouse, this one being an inflated rubber one of the type carried in aircraft for emergency use! It is a “personnel carrier” only, and serves as a ferry between the home island and nearby solid ground.
Another assault boat with an outboard motor is used at one point to make the daily pipeline patrol for leaks. As gasoline is easily detected on the surface of the water a leak is quickly spotted. This group of men is the envy of all the pipeline walkers who walk many weary miles a day looking for leaks.
These “Amphibious Pipeliners” are seriously considering designing a shoulder patch of their own, complete with rampant motorboats, crossed bamboo poles, and quartered gasoline drums.

US Army WAC’s in the CBI

WAC’s In China
CHUNGKING – Two WAC’s, members of Maj. Gen. A. C. Wedemeyer’s staff, reached the never-never land of China this week, strengthening the tiny contingent of Army nurses and Red Cross girls already serving on the far side of The Hump.
Wedemeyer declared: “I visualize bringing in more WAC’s, nurses and Red Cross members. It will be done gradually, of course, and the women will relieve men now employed on secretarial and other posts.”
The new commander of U.S. troops in China explained: “In my opinion it will improve the morale of the men.”
(You have something there, general – Ed.)

Some articles and all of the photos are from the CBI Roundup newspaper published during the war.

Click on images to enlarge.

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Military Humor – C.B.I. Style 

“NO! NO! EUNICE! DON’T GET SO UPSET JUST BECAUSE A G.I. FORGETS TO SALUTE!”

“BUT IT WON’T GET THERE BY CHRISTMAS IF IT GOES BY BOAT!”

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Farewell Salutes – 

Peter Atkinson – Berkley Springs, WV; AVG (American Volunteer Group), WWII, CBI, “Flying Tigers”, KIA

Luis Armendariz – El Paso, TX; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 27th Infantry Division

Daniel Davis – Lowell, IN; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Bobby Finestone – Chelsea, MA; US Coast Guard, WWII, ETO, USS Bayfield

Bartley Furey – Tampa, FL; US Army, Vietnam, West Point graduate, Field Artillery, 1st Air Cavalry Div. (Ret. 28 yrs.), Silver Star

Berna Kowalski – Blakley Island, WA; US Army WAC, WWII, ETO, Lt., nurse

James Lenahan – Indianapolis, IN; US Navy, WWII & Korea, Pharmacist mate

Frank Nash – Mobile, AL; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, pilot

Eleanore Quatrano – Asbury Park, NY; US Army WAC, WWII

Freda Lee Smith – Temperance, MI; US Navy WAVES, WWII

William Tomko – Westfield, NJ; US Navy, WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 20, 2017, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. I am always amazed, and proud of the ingenuity these men exhibited during the war.

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  2. Ingenuity was very much part of the War gp, no matter where or when, the participants were left in many situations where improvisation was a must, great post as usual Mate.

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  3. It’s so amazing what these soldiers accomplished. Amazing history, GP!

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  4. I remember hearing and reading about The Ledo Road.
    We must always remember these brave men.
    Didn’t they rename name it The Stillwell Road after Vinegar Joe Stillwell?

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  5. Boy, talk about working with bandaids and baling wire, yet they get it done. ‘O)

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  6. many many thanks for sharing this

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  7. I can’t believe the distance of that raid by the B-29s. What an aircraft! Mind you, I’ve seen films of flying “Over the Hump” and that wasn’t quite a walk in the park either.

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  8. As always, an informative and interesting post.

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  9. When I run across accounts of the miracles performed by our wartime bridge builders and road builders, it’s hard to believe. Amazing what can be done with a focused goal and little red tape.

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  10. These details are parts of the war that those of us who didn’t fight would never think of, great to see it here, GP.

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  11. Fascinating to learn about the 10th Air Force’s accuracy. One wrong drop could’ve caused so many delays. There’s definitely much to be said for a tight logistics corps.

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  12. All that became involved are our heroes. Thank God for them, women and men from all walks of life giving of self for the greater cause.

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  13. Thanks for this tribute about those unsung heros that helped the war effort, including the women of the Allied Armed Services and Red Cross!

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  14. The last story makes me wonder about all the other things people had to do just to get the job done with whatever they had available. My dad was a mechanic. He had a “tool” in his tool box that was the carbon rod from a D-cell battery with a length of stiff wire wrapped around one end. On the other end of the wire was an alligator clip. When I asked about it, he told me “you connect that to a jeep/truck’s battery and you can strike an arc and braze with it.” It looked pretty dangerous, but he reminded me that “it’s not like we could call a tow truck.”

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  15. A great tribute to the unsung heroes of air-dropped supplies and pipeline construction, GP. Everyone working hard behind the scenes made that ultimate victory possible.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  16. They also must be remembered

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  17. Thank you for the Pingback.

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  18. Thank you, Andrew.

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