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     "The Great Snafu Fleet; 1st Combat Cargo/344th Airdrome/326th Troop Carrier Squadron in WW II’s CBI Theater"  tells the story of an unknown unit in a forgotten theater. Created by General Hap Arnold in 1944 to keep American and British forces under Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten supplied in the mountainous jungles of Burma, they flew the C-47 Gooney Bird on hazardous airdrop missions and evacuated wounded, often under fire. When the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron and 344th Airdrome Squadron were sent to China in December 1944, they spent the rest of their war supplying General Clair Chennault’s far-flung 14th Air Force "Flying Tigers" in their war against the Japanese. They often went behind enemy lines themselves to deliver, supply and pick up Office of Strategic Services sabotage and espionage teams. When the war was over, they rescued American and Allied POW’s from Manchuria to Hanoi while reorganizing themselves into a single unit, the 326th Troop Carrier Squadron, before coming home themselves.

   Researched for the past five years, this book combines research into official American and British military records with numerous interviews and extensive correspondence with unit members and their families to tell the story of a unit few have heard of in a theater most people have forgotten that our men ever served in.

     This book is available through XLibris at www.XLibris.com ; see http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.asp?bookid=10284 for more information. It can also be ordered through any Barnes & Noble, your local bookstore or Amazon.com.

     The Great Snafu Fleet; 1st Combat Cargo/344th Airdrome/326th Troop Carrier Squadron in WW II’s CBI Theater by Gerald A. White, Jr., with forward by Gen Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF (Ret), XLibris Corp, ISBN 0-7388-3834-9 (hardcover), $25.00 or ISBN 0-7388-3835-7, trade paperback, $16.00. 252 pages, 52 photographs, 2 maps, bibliography, endnotes, appendices, index.

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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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