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WILLIAM VANDIVERT               Illustrated July 10th 1943-Chindits-"Twenty Casualties To Fly Out"

William Vandivert documented the flight of an RAF Dakota to pick up wounded Chindits 200 miles behind Japanese lines. Operation Longcloth began on 8th February 1943 when 3000 men of the 77th Indian Brigade moved into north Burma on a long range penetration mission to disrupt Japanese lines of supplies and communications. Supplies were dropped by parachute. The C-47 that carried Vandivert landed on a make-shift runway in a jungle clearing and evacuated men of the 13th Btn The Kings Liverpool regiment and Gurkhas. The operation was complete by the end of April 1943.