Any Place, Any Time, Any Where: The 1st Air Commandos in by R.D. van Wagner

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Anyplace, Any Time, Any the place: the first Air Commandos in global struggle II

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General Wingate normally flew with either Colonel Alison or Major Radovich; on this flight, First Lieutenant Brian F. Hodges was the Mitchell aircraft commander. Following an intermediate stop at Imphal, the aircraft headed west for General Wingate's headquarters at Sylhet. It never arrived. On the last leg of its journey, the bomber inexplicably exploded into the side of a hill, kjlling all on board. Mystery and intrigue accompanied the crash. Air commando Staff Sergeant Lloyd I. Samp was the first to find the wreckage.

Table 3 shows damage inflicted by the air commando assault force during April. May marked the sixth month that the air commandos had been in India. According to General Arnold's plan, on I May Colonel ochran's men were scheduled to be relieved of duty and sent back to the United States. The plan was altered because, as Colonel Cochran said, " ... " (107:25S) As of 17 May, the 3 rd Indian Division officially came under operational control of General Sti Iwell, but even before the Infantry General had ordered the III th , 14 th , and 3 rd West African Brigades to move north toward Mogaung.

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