By R.D. van Wagner
The first Air Commandos have been sired via basic of the military Henry H. Hap Arnold and taken to lifestyles via the mind's eye of 2 males, Lieutenant Colonel Philip G. Cochran and Lieutenant Colonel John R. Alison. In accumulating males of personality and tenacity, those
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Flying replacement P-5]B Mustangs, the assault force attacked the Shweli Ri vel' bridge, a target that had on numerous occasions withstood Eastern Air Command bomber attacks. The bridge controlled a major supply route to Northern Burma. On 2] April, Major Petit proved the accuracy of the dive-bombing Mustang when he scored a direct hit with two I ,OOO-pound bombs and collapsed the span. This is only one example. By the end of the campaign, the road and railroad system of Burma was so confused, the Japanese were unable to move supplies from Northern Burma to their only usable traffic artery-the Shwebo-Imphal road.
At 2330 the code word "ROORKEE" was received indicating Chowringhee was serviceable for C-47 Dakotas. A 6-ship wave was airborne for 56 Chowringhee by 0029. By the time 24 Dakotas had taken off, Chowringhee reported that only 2,700 feet were lit and approved for use. With 4,500 feet required for night operations, Brigadier Tulloch issued the recall order. Of the seven that did not respond, none experienced landing difficulties. u'an's assault force were prowling Burma looking for the Nippon Air Force.
Questions were raised about engine trouble, weather, and even sabotage; none of the answers were conclusive. The aircraft nosedin and the wreckage was severely confined. The only recognizable clue to the passengers on board was located near the crash sitethe familiar pith helmet of the Chindit commander. Those who died along with General Wingate were Captain T. G. Borrow, his adjutant; Stewart Emeny and Stanley Wills, war correspondents; Lieu- Forward Air Controller Air Commando L-S pilots like SUlff Sergeant Richard D.