U.S. Waco CG-4 gliders unload airborne engineers to secure Myitkyina airfield after its capture during World War II.
Myitkyina Burma Date:1944 Duration:3 min 6 sec Sound:Yes
Capture of Myitkyina airfield by Allied Forces during Burma Campaign of World War II. Animated map highlights Myitkyina airfield in North Burma which is captured by Allied ground forces on 17th of May, 1944. USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) Waco CG-4 gliders parked at Shingbwiyang airfield. USAAF officer inspects a map. Airbase engineering equipment are loaded aboard gliders. Tow rope of glider is hooked up with USAAF C-47 Skytrain transport plane. Airborne engineers board the glider. C-47 tows CG-4. CG-4 makes a landing at Myitkyina airfield under Japanese machine gun fire. Another glider makes a crash landing. Airborne engineers exit the gliders on field. A pilot and an engineer of crashed glider are given plasma and first aid. Wounded men are evacuated. Bulldozers level the airfield. Chinese soldiers search for hidden Japanese snipers in area.
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