My dad joined the AAF at age 36, as a civilian pilot in the China-Burma-India Campaign and flew the Hump in C-46's, carrying cargo to the Brits and Nationalist Chinese, engaging the Japanese Army. He was involved in a crash landing, suffered burns and was treated at an Army burn center in Texas.
He never received Vet's status or benefits because he was a civilian captain, never sworn in. After the war, he returned to civilian life and didn't make much of his war experience. He was not a celebrity but he was, in his own way, a hero.
To: Eric in the Ozarks
I totally agree.
posted on 04/16/2003 2:30:43 PM PDT
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