Lady Luck’s Unlucky Day
The 11th Airborne Division need not speculate any longer as the 5th Air Force prepares to move them to Okinawa!
Thanks to the historians of the IHRA, we can now have some answers.
After the atomic bombs were dropped, but before a Japanese surrender had been negotiated, V Bomber Command was busy moving troops and equipment to Okinawa. The 22nd and 43rd bomb groups were also enlisted to ferry troops, as all the C-46s and C-47s were already in use. While the B-24’s potential as a troop carrier may have looked good on paper, the logistics behind turning these bombers into transport aircraft subjected passengers to a potentially deadly situation. The ideal location for extra passengers would have been closer to the tail of the aircraft, but that would make the plane much more difficult to fly. Instead, passengers had to ride on precarious wooden seats installed in the bomb bay.
The 11th Airborne Division was selected to drop onto Atsugi Airdrome as part of the Army of Occupation if the Japanese were to surrender. First, though, they had to be moved from…
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Posted on January 19, 2019, in First-hand Accounts, SMITTY, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged 11th airborne, 5th Air Force, History, Military, Military History, Smitty, WW2, WWII. Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.