Then, the Allies turned against their reckless foe and pushed him south to the ocean even faster than he had penetrated in 1942. In the middle of June 1945, the Japan army in Burma was totally disorganised and devastated. Out of the 300,000 Jap troops who marched to Burma, only 118,000 ever went home.
It' s amazing how little is known about the Burma campaign in Canada, and even more amazing how little is known about the Canadian participation in it. Airborne, Canadians were flying combat aircraft that captured Japan's Oscars, Zekes and Zeroes and crewed the fighters that shattered the back of the River Kwae Railway.
Recovering the wreck of a lightweight aircraft, two R/CAF fighters used it to salvage UK troops injured 200 leagues behind hostile airways. He was a canadian pilot who spotted the japans on their way to Ceylon. During the escape from Burma and the Imphal besiege, a local physician worked hard every single morning to help escape the injured and landed as a private physician with the last viceroy of India.
Burma's campaign was almost entirely airborne, and Canada garrisons flown more than a third of these operations. The Canadians received more than 150 awards for merits and courage in Burma, among them a Victoria Cross. About 8000 Canadians were serving there, and 500 of them gave their life in the Burma campaign.
The For Your YourTomorrow tells the tale of the campaign and the Canadians who battled in it.