Men carry injured U.S. Army Air Force Jungle Rescue Pilot Captain James Green from hospital tent to completed MEDEVAC landing zone in Shingbwiyang, Burma during World War II. Green had been injured in a crash of his helicopter. Dr. Underwood talks on hand radio as men sight an incoming Sikorsky YR-4 helicopter. Engineer sets off smoke flare. Helicopter lands and men hold it. Men carry Captain Green on litter to the helicopter and he shakes hands with Pilot Lieutenant Raymond Murdock. Dr. Underwood gives Green an injection in his arm. Men put Captain Green in the helicopter and it takes off. Men cheer and shake hands with Dr. Underwood. This is an early example of one of the first helicopter MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) flights in a combat zone. Prior to this MEDEVAC flight, this particular helicopter, a Sikorsky YR-4, had been dismantled at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio on January 17, 1945, loaded on a C-54 transport, and flown to the North Burma theater of operations. It was reassembled and flown by Capt. Frank Peterson, USAAF, on January 26, 1945 to evacuate wounded weather observer Private Howard Ross from a 4,700 foot mountain ridge in the Naga hills of Burma.
Volunteers of rescue party rest in Shingbwiyang, Burma during World War II. United states L-5 air craft guides the volunteers through the jungle. A man examines a wrecked PT-19 and a hospital tent. C-47 air craft drops supply parachutes. Men look through the parachute for radios, engineering and medical supplies. Men run after setting off charges to blast trees for helicopter string. Trees fall after the blast.
United States Army Lieutenant William Diebold talks over radio as Sergent Harry Bremer pumps power to the radio set in Shingbwiyang,Burma during World War II. The two of them talk on hand radio to a Naga chieftain. A black engineer cooks food in a large pot. Lieutenant Diebold talks to Naga chieftain in sign language. Sergent Bremer,Captain Brane and Lieutenant Scott bathe in water flowing from rocks. Men send smoke flare signals for planes.
United States planes drop medical supplies and engineers gather supply parachutes in Shingbwiyang, Burma during World War II. Captain R.D.Underwood, and an assistant prepare and inject penicillin to Captain James I. Green's leg. Captain Green's jaw being examined and given liquid diet.
United States 28 Troop volunteers and black combat engineers chop trees and blast the strip in Shingbwiyang, Burma during World War II. Sergeant Bremer and Captain Scott fix dynamites in the blast holes and blast goes off. Colonel Clarence and Major Arthur R. Dewey, special surgeon meets Dr. Underwood and enters hospital tent. Soldiers empty mud with cardboard boxes. Men roll a log up and down the strip to level it.
Men remove Captain James Green from a helicopter, put him on a stretcher and take him to a hospital in Shingbwiyang, Burma during World War II. Men push helicopter into a parking area and a plane takes off. A group of men look at a map. Men turn propellers of airplane. Men clean glass on the cockpit and a machine gun. Lieutenant Raymond Murdock enters a helicopter and leaves for a mission.