Today we heard from Don Fairbanks of Cardinal Air Training. He wrote an autobiography called “Once Around the Patch of Life”. He trains folks to fly helicopters.
He shared about an something he participated in called Operation Carpetbaggers which was an ultra-secret deliver supplies to the resistance of France, Belgium and Norway. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and trained in the U.S. He was stationed in England and his crew was reduced to 8. He became a tail gunner for their supply plane. He was part of the 801st provisional bomb group. They has 12 highly modified B-24 “Liberators”.
They dropped 20,496 containers during the entire course of operations. The containers contained weapons, radio equipment, medicine and other equipment necessary for the conduct of military operations. In order to maintain their cover, they often carried and dropped booklets. They often dropped agents called “Joes” through the portion of the plane they called “The Joe Hole”. Overall 1043 agents were dropped in enemy territory to conduct operations.