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Old, William Donald (1901-1965)

As a staff intelligence officer, William Old was the first pilot to fly across the southern Himalayas  between India and China. He thus played a key role in pioneering the aerial supply route across "The Hump."

Old later commanded Troop Carrier Command and personally led the first transport flights to reach the Arakan in the face of Japanese fighter opposition during the Battle of the Admin Box. He later personally flew the lead plane into Myitkyina after its capture on 17 May 1944.

As commander of the Alaskan Air Force, Old directed the first landing of an aircraft at the North Pole.

Service record

1901    

Born
1942
Colonel     
Staff, 10 Air Force
1943
Brigadier general      Chief of staff, 10 Air Force
1943

Commander, Troop Carrier Command, Eastern Air Command
1945

Commander, 54 Troop Carrier Wing
1946
Major general Commander, 12 Air Force
1947

Commander, 9 Air Force
1950

Commander, Alaskan Air Command
1954

Retires
1965

Dies
 

References

ArcticWebsite.com (accessed 2011-9-21)

Craven and Cate (1947; accessed 2011-9-21)

Generals.dk (accessed 2011-9-21)

Saunders (1954; accessed 2011-9-21)



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