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The 1st Air Commandos were sired by General of the Army Henry H 'Hap'
Arnold and brought to life by the imagination of two men, Lieutenant-Colonel
Philip G Cochran and Lieutenant-Colonel John R Alison. In gathering men of
character and tenacity, these two visionaries molded a unit which had to
overcome orthodox military minds, paralyzing fear, and Burma's impregnable
terrain before taking the fight to the Japanese. With a focus on the might and
flexibility of air power, Cochran and Alison constructed an experimental unit
which cut across the structured lines of conventional organizations. Forming an
air arsenal which was totally unique in its composition and application, they
combined the firepower of P-51A fighters and B-25H bombers with the logistical
tentacles of C-47 transports, CG-4A gliders, L-5 and L-1 light planes, and UC-64
bush planes to reach far behind Japanese lines. The list of firsts is noteworthy
- first airborne glider "snatch" in combat, first double tow of gliders into a
combat arena, first helicopter operations, first helicopter combat rescue, first
gunship employment, and first rockets fired against an enemy. Unorthodox and
eclectic, the 1st Air Commandos serve as a model for conventional and special
operations today.
  • AUTHOR: Wagner, R D
  • FORMAT: 176pp 200 Bw 280x215 Hb
  • Code: 26666

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