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    Meiktila Mandalay Region Burma (Myanmar)

Location
Meiktila is in the Mandalay Region in central Burma (Myanmar). Located on the banks of Lake Meiktila in Mandalay Division, at the junctions of the Bagan-Taunggyi, Yangon-Mandalay and Meiktila-Myingyan highways.

Wartime History
Allied troop carrier units and an AAF air commando group carried out a daring operation far behind enemy lines in central Burma. Using gliders and C-47's, they landed some 9,000 British "Chindit" raiders under Major General Orde Wingate, 1,300 pack animals, and 254 tons of supplies and airfield construction equipment. Such long-range penetration ground forces, supplied entirely by air, struck at vital enemy communications and supply lines, keeping the Japanese forces in Burma off balance. By March 4, 1945 Meiktila was mostly occupied by the 17th Division (Indian).

Meiktila Airfield
Wartime airfield.

 

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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