Exploring New Horizons
Tockr’s story begins with Eugene Xerzes Martin, Jr., a World War II lieutenant with the Army Air Transport Command.
Lt. Martin first served as a flight instructor, training P-51 Mustang fighter pilots. He went on to fly a military transport aircraft the C-46 Skytrain, delivering supplies to units stationed in China. Dubbed “The Hump” by Allied pilots, the flight path above the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains between China and India was extremely dangerous. With little to no radio contact or reliable charts, pilots had to rely on their grit and flying skills to brave the volatile and inclement weather of the mountain range. Lt. Martin bravely and successfully flew 52 missions and was award the China War Memorial Medal.