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

Object Title

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

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

Date

1943

Reference

BEN 100

Level

Item

Scope and Content

These pictures add another chapter to the story of a 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 Transport Squadron Office at Assam airfield, came a wireless SOS. Seventeen of the British raiders in thi.... Two aircraft set off 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 set to work to lay 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 back of the adventure. Dropping supplies from the transport plane to the Chindits.

Numbered KY.9003.D and 471027.

Extent

1 photograph

Access Conditions

Open access

Contents

  BEN 100 - Burma rescue : how the RAF went to the aid of a Wingate raiding column