The "Burma Road" in Stratford
(Named after the famous WWII Burma Road in China)

More Childhood Memories of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Provided by John Babina
(Edison 1955, Hall 1956, Notre Dame 1961; and Success Park)

        The "Burma Road" in Stratford was named after the Burma Road in China. The Chinese road was about 700 miles long and was constructed through rough mountain country. It was considered a remarkable engineering achievement by many people around the world. The Burma Road was undertaken by the Chinese after the Japanese invasion in 1937 and was completed in 1938. It transported war supplies, landed at Rangoon, and shipped by railroad to Lashio. The Burma Road traffic increased in importance to China after the Japanese took effective control of the Chinese coast and Indochina. When this road was cut, the U.S. flew the famous supply route called "The Hump" [the Himalayas] to keep China supplied.

        The Stratford road was built through the salt water marshes at the beginning of WWII to gain better access to the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft plant (the building known as AVCO-Lycoming in the 1950s) which then had almost 12,000 defense workers. Since the salt water marshes offered construction difficulties of its own, the local road picked up the nickname "the Burma Road" in recognition of the [by then] internationally known Burma Road in China.

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