-- Life and Times of the 341st Bomb Group --
"Preserving the memory of their sacrifices!"

Memories of
Chakulia, India
1943


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Working in #072's revetment, Chakulia, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Unlabeled...Crew Chief Frank Bates and an Indian woman, near Chakulia, India, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Ghurka soldiers, probably taken at Chakulia, India, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Unlabeled....Befriending a local Indian boy, probably near Chakulia, India, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Indian laborers, Chakulia Air Base, India, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Hauling dirt for revetments at Chakulia, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Panni for revetments, Chakulia, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Bibis tamping, Chakulia, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


491st Bomb Squadron personnel, about June 1943 at Chakulia.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Frank Arico coming from the showers at Chakulia, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Earl Bressler as seen from the porch of Frank Bates room,
at Chakulia, 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


"Carmen Azora" taking off the E-W runway on a mission.
Chakulia, June 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Lengthening the E-W runway at Chakulia.
December 1943.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


Lengthening the E-W runway at Chakulia.
Dec 43 or Jan 44.
(Frank W. Bates collection, 491st)


491st Bomb Squadron engineering support men selected to make the move from Chakulia, India to Yangkai, China. Capt Bill De Vries (front row with the pipe) beamed when he told us, "They were all great guys and good workers!"  Taken in China, 1944.
(Courtesy of Bill DeVries, 491st)



Dancing at the village bazaar. India, 1943.
(Courtesy of Bill DeVries, 491st)



Indian beggars picking up coins. Bill says, "They would then swallow the coins to keep others from taking the money away from them. Many of the beggars were lepers."
(Courtesy of Bill DeVries, 491st)



How the well dressed Indian woman wears a sari.
(Courtesy of Bill DeVries, 491st)



Bill DeVries alongside the famous Ganges river in India, 1943.
(Courtesy of Bill DeVries, 491st)




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