China Burma India Theater (CBI)

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Robert Liles went to Mitchell Field on Long Island, New York. He was with a group of pilots who were going to were...
Gary Tate was born in December 1924 and graduated from high school at 16 years old before the Japanese bombed Pearl...
Since the unit Gus Gikas led was intended to replace another unit in India that had been deployed for two years, their...
Samuel Spector was shipped to Burma and its jungles. He was among the first individuals to carry into action the...
John Alison’s duties also resulted in him being a glider pilot despite never having flown one before. He flew a glider...
Before Elmo Espree got on the ship for deployment overseas, his group of black soldiers was lined up first on the...
This action was the one during which Robert Liles got his first confirmed kill. It was a Zero [Annotator's Note:...
Herbert Auerbach was a cryptographer. His duty was to take the Morse code messages from headquarters received by the...
George Rudloff was sent to India via Australia. He arrived at Chandigarh which was a staging area in India. From there...
At Langley airbase, John Alison switched over to P-36 [Annotator's Note: Curtiss P-36 Hawk] pursuit aircraft. In a...
Roy Uthes was born in June 1923. He had two brothers and two sisters. He grew up in a large home and was the youngest...
Perry L. Garten was born in November 1917 in Peculiar, Missouri. He grew up in Missouri and graduated from high school...
Robert Liles was born in 1920 in Webb City, Missouri and grew up in Jefferson City. When the depression began, his...
Richard Notebaert was born in January 1920 in Rochester, New York. He was youngest of the four children of a bridge and...
Frederick Moore was born in December 1924 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts during...
Herbert Auerbach was born in June 1922 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended a local high school in what is...
Alvin Callender was born in 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Before he joined the military, he was a student at...
Samuel Spector was born in Manhattan, New York in July 1924. He worked as a delivery boy for furriers. He also worked...
Gus Gikas was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in April 1921. His dad was the town hat maker. Gikas moved to north Texas when...
Gus Gikas was in India when he heard that the Germans had surrendered. Later, he heard of the Japanese surrender. Gikas...
Robert H. "Bob" Harris returned to the United States sometime in September or October 1944. While overseas, he knew...
On his 22nd mission, Herbert Gross bailed out over French Indochina in Japanese territory. It took eight days to walk...
[Annotators Note: Masaji Insohita served in the army as a Japanese translator and interrogator in the China-Burma-India...
Samuel Spector felt that the Kachins were on a friendly basis but not strictly military disciplined. It was more a team...
[Annotator's Note: Robert Liles served in the USAAF and flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft with the 16th...
At daylight, Herbert Gross was alone after bailing out of the B-24 [Annotator's Note: Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy...
Robert H. "Bob" Harris loved famous world explorers as a young child and that influenced him into aeronautics at an...
Revis Haslett flew the Hump [Annotator's Note: the nickname given to the stretch of the Himalayas that American pilots...
In this clip, Richard Notebaert talks about the missions he flew over the bigger cities in Italy, attacking an airfield...
Alvin Callender was based at Shrewsbury, England, and he recalled one afternoon when the sky filled with Spitfires [...
Shanghai [Annotator's Note: Shanghai, China] had been a big military base for the Japanese. Joel Varner went into the...
The war in Europe had ended, but the war in the Pacific continued. The Allies were supporting Chiang Kai-Shek [...
William Martin had moments of terror flying every other day out of India. Once on the ground, it was okay. They had...
In the early part of 1943, Robert H. "Bob" Harris volunteered for overseas duty. In June he was finally shipped out....
During the two years Robert Liles was in China the supply situation improved a little. They were able to get more...
John Alison flew with Tex Hill [Annotator's Note: later Brigadier General David Lee Hill, known as Tex to friends and...

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