BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC,MEN AT WAR: Night Landing

War Department files finally opened up. Washington told how U.S. Colonel Philip Cochran and his second in command, onetime A.V.G. Fighter Pilot John R. Alison, landed "up to a division" of Wingate's Raiders deep behind Japanese lines in Burma, in one of the great Allied airborne assaults of the war.

That weird first night, 27 big C-47 transports hauled their double tows of gliders up to a rough, gullied clearing in the jungle. The glider pilots, Colonel Alison among the first, cut loose, hoped for the best as they headed down for the clearing....

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