Operation Cedar

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Project Cedar (also known as Operation Cedar)[citation needed] was a World War II project to deliver short-range aircraft from the United States to the USSR via Abadan, Iran in the Persian Gulf.[1]

The project was initiated before the United States' entry into the war, and a base was established on Abadan Island in March 1942. Oil tankers, returning from delivering oil to the United States, would take Bell P-39, Curtiss P-40, and Douglas A-20 parts to Abadan, where they were assembled into aircraft and flown to Russia. The 82nd Air Depot Group was part of Project Cedar.[1]

Another similarly secret operation, Project 19, was set up in Eritrea to repair RAF aircraft.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Carol Adele Kelly, ed. (2007). Voices of My Comrades: America's Reserve Officers Remember World War II. New York City: Fordham University Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-8232-2823-2.
  2. ^ "Project 19 - US repair base for British aircraft in Eritrea ", American Military History site
  3. ^ "Boeing & Douglas: A History of Customer Service", Boeing.com
  4. ^ "Episode in Eritrea", Evening Post, 25 July 1945