By William M. Leary
Korean conflict 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition.
Title is from a citation, spoken by way of William H. Tunner in 1948. Chronicles the position of the wrestle shipment Command through the Korean battle less than the command of significant common Tunner. includes copyright material.
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Extra resources for Anything, Anywhere, Any Time: Combat Cargo in the Korean War
1995. Stueck, William. The Korean War: An International History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995. Thompson, Annis G. The Greatest Airlift: The Story of Combat Cargo. Tokyo: Dai-Nippon Printing Company, 1954. Tunner, William H. “Interview of William H. S. 0512–911, AFHRA. ———. Over the Hump. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1964. Warren, John. “Troop Carrier Aviation in USAF, 1945–1955,” a draft of USAF Historical Study 134 (1957). AFHRA.
With roads into the city virtually impassable due to heavy snow and guerrilla activity, the 2d Infantry Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert B. McClure, needed to be resupplied by air. C–47s from the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron managed to land on the tiny airstrip near the city, bringing in 115 tons of urgently needed cargo and flying out the wounded. Also, C–119s from the 314th Troop Carrier Group airdropped an additional 460 tons of supplies. While McClure was grateful for the help and commended both units, he was unable to hold the position and had to retreat southward.
The 314th Troop Carrier Group led the way with 176 sorties. Its C–119s brought out 439 vehicles, mainly jeeps and trailers, but also cement mixers and a road roller. Combat Cargo Command had two weeks’ rest following the closure of Yonpo on December 17. The hiatus came to an end, however, when the Chinese launched a major offensive on December 31. As Eighth Army retreated southward, Tunner’s airmen again found themselves conducting emergency evacuations. Between January 1 and 5, 1951, Combat Cargo Command flew out 4,757 tons of cargo and 2,297 patients, mainly from the Seoul area before it fell to the enemy on January 4.