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Friends of the Twenty-Seventh's Lady
The Lady's Protector
Curtiss P-40 "Kittyhawk"
North American "Mitchell" B-25 medium bomber of the 22nd
Bomb Group unloading its 300 pound bombs over CBI target. Often flew
same battles as the Twenty-Seventh. (See Battle of Tengchung)
THE LADY HAS A NEW PROTECTOR
North American Aviation P-51 "Mustang"
Aircraft pictures are of the 25th Fighter Squadron "Assam
Taken at Yunnanyi, Yunnan, China fall 1944
The Unit often flew with the Twenty-Seventh in Burma
WACO CG-4A GLIDER
She followed us all over
SIKORSKY R-4 HELICOPTER
This aircraft flew its first combat missions in Burma
The Lady of Mercy.
The L-5 flew at tree tops to all corners of Burma to
assist and remove wounded to nearest Medic. Twenty-Seventh Troop Carrier
Glider Pilots often flew this aircraft into combat areas
The P-38 "Lightning" fighter was also used as an observation
and mapping aircraft
VULTEE L-5s AND CURTISS P-40S ON THE FLIGHT LINE IN BURMA
This aircraft was a modified version of the B-24 heavy
bomber. The armament and bomb racks were removed and seats installed. The
aircraft ferried personnel overseas by the South Atlantic route carrying
a crew of five and twenty passengers.
The B-24 was also modified for carrying freight and became
one of the work horses of the “Hump” doing a yeoman’s job getting badly
needed supplies to China. It was classified as the C-109 and it’s prime
cargo was gasoline in fifty gallon drums. Upon arriving in China
it would be refueled by using part of its precious cargo thus keeping gasoline
a much needed supply at all times.
The photograph above was taken at Yunnanyi, Yunna, China
circa summer 1944
BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS HEAVY BOMBER
The B-29 is undoubtedly the most recognized military
aircraft of World War II in that it ended the conflict dropping atom bombs
over Japan. The long range bomber was designed for the China Burma India
and South Pacific theaters.
The initial delivery of this aircraft took place in the
fall of 1944 flying its first combat missions out India and was later move
to a new airstrip at Chentgu, China