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United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

WWII Air Commandos

5th Air Force • 10th Air Force

 
 
WWII Air Commandos Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
1. WWII Air Commandos Marker
Inscription.  

Dedicated to WWII Air Commandos

2nd Group China-Burma-India

Group HQ
Squadrons

1st-2nd Fighter • 127th-155th-156th Liaison • 317th Troop Carrier
327th-328th-340th-342nd Airdrome • 236th Med. Disp. (Avn)

3rd Group Southwest Pacific Area

Group HQ
Squadrons

3rd-4th Fighter • 157th-159th-160th Liaison • 318th Troop Carrier
334th-335th-341st-343rd Airdrome • 237th Med. Disp. (Avn)


 
Erected 1990.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, World II.
 
Location. 39° 0.978′ N, 104° 51.321′ W. Marker is in United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is in the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, on Parade Loop west of Stadium Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: USAF Academy CO 80840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (here, next to this marker); 357th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); 474th Fighter Group
WWII Air Commandos Marker on Memorial Wall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
2. WWII Air Commandos Marker on Memorial Wall
(here, next to this marker); P51 Mustang Pilots Association (here, next to this marker); 5th Bombardment Group (H) (here, next to this marker); 19th Troop Carrier Squadron (here, next to this marker); 64th Fighter Squadron (here, next to this marker); 48th Fighter-Bomber Wing (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in United States Air Force Academy.
 
More about this marker. Must have a valid ID to enter the USAF Academy grounds.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Air Commando Tradition. Air Force Magazine, February 1, 1963 (Submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. The story behind Air Commando stripes. AFSOC entry, 2019 (Submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Air Commandos gather for 75th anniversary of Operation Thursday (2019). AFSOC entry, 2019 (Submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

4. 2nd Air Commando Group. Army Air Corps Library and Museum entry (Submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

5. 3rd Air Commando Group. Army Air Corps Library and Museum entry (Submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

6. Dick Barr and the Air Commandos. Georgia Southern University entry (Submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Operation THURSDAY image. Click for full size.
via Air Force Historical Foundation, 1944
3. Operation THURSDAY
From 5 March through 11 March, 1944, allied aircraft and gliders airlifted British Army Brig. Gen. Orde C. Wingate’s Special Force (Chindits) with 9,000 personnel and 1,400 mules and horses from India at night to a location 200 miles behind enemy lines in Burma.
 

7. Air Commando Association. ACA Online homepage (Submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on January 29, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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