Burma rescue : how the RAF went to the aid of a Wingate column

Object Title

Burma rescue : how the RAF went to the aid of a Wingate column

Burma rescue : how the RAF went to the aid of a Wingate column

Date

1943

Reference

BEN 63

Level

Item

Scope and Content

These pictures add another chapter to the story of Brigadier Orde Charles Wingate, DSO, and the Jungle Penetration Force in Burma (the Chindits) of which he is the leader. One of Brigadier Wingate's raiding columns had penetrated to a depth of 170 miles behind the Japanese lines in northern Burma. Then back to an RAF transparot squadron office at an Assam airfield, came a wirelessed SOS. Seventeen of the British raiders in this column were sick or wounded. The column was short of food, ammunition and other supplies. Two aircraft set ff to the rescue on Easter Sunday 1943. The column was located and supplies dropped by parachute. The first attempt to land was unsuccessful. The jungle column had to set to work to layou out a landing strip. A few days later a signal came back that the landing strip had been completed. One of the transports set off again. It landed successfully and brought the seventeen sick and wounded men back to safety. On both trips a photographer flew with one of the transport planes to bring these pictures of the adventure. Supplies were dropped to the Chindits. This was the most unusual drop the squadron had yet made. Here you can just see files of men picking up parachute loads and collecting chutes, with which they form the signal./ "Plane land here now". Men were only seen against the sun, otherwise they blended into the landscape perfectly from the air. The men had been two days without supplies.

Numbered BUR (BR) BB: Res; AP 89950; NAP/VAN258527 and 7743.ER.

Extent

1 photograph

Access Conditions

Open access

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