Chinese pilots enjoy ice cream cones at an Allied canteen during the Burma Campaign following the Allied recapture of the Ledo Road (renamed the Stilwell Road) from the Japanese. Near Myitkyina, Kachin State, Burma (Myanmar). January 1945. Pin by Paolo Marzioli
John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) aka Jackie Coogan, American actor who began as a child actor in silent films. He enlisted in the US Army in 1941, as a glider pilot and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943, the unit was sent to India. He flew British troops, the Chindits, under General Orde Wingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines in the Burma campaign.
Already famous as a child star in the 1920s, Jackie Coogan enlisted in the US Army in March 1941. After Pearl Harbour, he requested a transfer to the US Army Air Forces as a glider pilot because he had civilian flying experience. After graduating from glider school, he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group, and was sent to India in December 1943 to support the Burma campaign.