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Allied Special Operations in World War II Burma
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591149934
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
  • Era: 20th Century
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Subject: World War II
  • Date Available: October 2008
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In 1943 the U.S. Army Air Forces created what would become the Air Commandos, a unit that marked a milestone in tactical operations in support of British ground forces invading Burma. William T. Y'Blood tells the story of how these daring American aviators trained and went into combat using unconventional hit-and-run tactics to confuse the enemy and destroy their lines of communication and supply. The force comprised light planes to evacuate wounded, transports to move heavy cargo, fighters, bombers, gliders, helicopters, and more than five hundred men. The book describes how this top secret force successfully attacked the enemy from the air, resupplied British commandos on the ground, and airlifted the wounded out of the battle area—eventually driving the Japanese out of Burma.

William T. Y'Blood, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and later in commercial aviation, served as a historian for the Air Force. The author of eight books on World War II aviation topics, he died in 2006, just after completing this book.


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5.00 Stars
The Missing Link in the CBI Theater of Operations
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
By: Colin D. Heaton
Having read this book, I was quite pleased that the author's research included interviews with participants. Ths CBI Theater has long been a neglected area of operations duirng WW II, although it was no less crucial to the overal Allied victory than the more famous ETO. Youngblood examines and opens the door to show the world exactly how aerial special warfare support in this region was created, organized and deployed, becoming the genesis of our modern day Air Commando and Joint Special Operations Command air support network. These forces, working in conjunction with all the branches of service both foreign and American, established the air-ground combat support method, as well as established the first aerial medical evacuation techniques and tactical support which are standard operating procedure today. a great piece of history, and a great read.
The forefathers of Air Force Special Ops
Thursday, April 16, 2009
By: Joel Rudy, Maj, USAF
In his final book, William Y'Blood provides a detailed look at the formation of the First and Second Air Commando Groups (1 ACG, 2 ACG) and their support of combat operations in the Pacific Theater of Operations. The book is written from individual perspective where Y'Blood identifies recounts the stories of each pilot's missions. The reader is drawn in to learn of the heroic deeds and tragic demises of each of these Airmen. This is a fantastic look at the forefathers of the Air Force's special operating forces. This book would be a great add to any airpower enthusiast's library.


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