John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) aka Jackie Coogan, American actor who began as a child actor in silent films. He enlisted in the US Army in 1941, as a glider pilot and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943, the unit was sent to India. He flew British troops, the Chindits, under General Orde Wingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines in the Burma campaign.
Jackie Coogan, already famous as a child star in the '20s, enlisted in the US Army in march 1941. After Pearl Harbour, he requested a transfer to the US Army Air Forces as a glider pilot. After graduating from glider school, he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group, and was sent to India in december 1943 to support the Burma campaign. In march 1944 he flew British troops, the Chindits, at night into a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines.
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand–Burma Railway and similar names, was a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan in 1943, to support its forces in the Burma campaign of World War II.
Chinese pilots enjoy ice cream cones at an Allied canteen during the Burma Campaign following the Allied recapture of the Ledo Road (renamed the Stilwell Road) from the Japanese. Near Myitkyina, Kachin State, Burma (Myanmar). January 1945. Pin by Paolo Marzioli
The Chindits (officially in 1943 77th Indian Infantry Brigade and in 1944 3rd Indian Infantry Division) were a British India "Special Force" that served in Burma & India in 1943 & 1944 during the Burma Campaign in WWII. They were formed into long range penetration groups trained to operate deep behind Japanese lines.