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Title:US BRIGADIER GENERAL OLD USAAF AWARDED BRITISH DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 8
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Air Marshal Baldwin, Air Officer Commanding RAF Third Tactical Air Force, awards the Distinguished Service Order to American Brigadier General William Old, head of Troop Carrier Command for achieving 'miracles in the field of air supply'.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Old, William D (person)
Baldwin, John Eustace Arthur (person)
Royal Air Force, 3rd Tactical Air Force (regiment/service)
Air Command South East Asia (regiment/service)
Air Command South East Asia, Eastern Air Command, Troop Carrier Command (regiment/service)
Keywords: Calcutta, North East India, India (geography)
Air supply operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Aerial Warfare (theme)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
United States Air Forces 1939-1945 (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 52 ft; Running time: 1 min
Notes: Brigadier General Old, as commanding officer of Troop Carrier Command, led a mixed unit of British and American transport squadrons. On 8 February 1944, during the Battle of the Admin Box, he personally flew a Dakota on a supply sortie in the course of which his aircraft was hit by ground fire eight times.
Following Operation Thursday, the airborne invasion of Burma in March 1944, Brigadier General Old would award the American Distinguished Flying Cross to five RAF Wing Commanders. See related items.