Today in World War II History

Brig. Orde Wingate,
commander of the Chindit
Raids in Burma
70 Years Ago—Mar. 5, 1944: Future test pilot Flight Officer Chuck Yeager shot down in his P-51 over Gironde, France; he evades capture with help of French resistance. In Second Chindit Raid, Wingate’s Special Force (UK/Indian) makes airborne drops in Burma and builds “Broadway” airstrip; US C-47s double-tow gliders to Broadway airstrip but nearly all are damaged.