China Burma India Theater (CBI) was the United States military designation during World War II for the China and Southeast Asian or India–Burma (IBT) theaters. Operational command of Allied forces (including US forces) in the CBI was officially the responsibility of the Supreme Commanders for South East Asia or China. However, US forces in practice were usually overseen by General Joseph Stilwell, the Deputy Allied Commander in China; the term “CBI” was significant in logistical, material and personnel matters; it was and is commonly used within the US for these theaters.
Douglas King-Lee was commissioned as a pilot officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in November 1944. During WWII, the Indian Air Force (IAF) played an instrumental role in halting the Japanese advance in Burma. [Read more]