The Betty G's Gold
By Jacques Evans
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Published: June 23, 2010
Words: 19,188 (approximate)
There was no name on the C-46 but the crews who flew the Hump called her the Betty G. The airplane was identified by a painting of a scantily clad female on the side of the nose. In 1944 the Betty G encountered severe turbulence and crashed into the side of a mountain---attempts to reach the site were futile. Rumors circulated that gold coins for Chiang Kai-shek's payroll were aboard the Betty G.
There was no name on the C-46 but the ground and flight crews who flew the Hump called her the Betty G. The airplane was identified by a painting of a scantily clad female on the left side of the nose that resembled Betty Grable. In 1944, the Betty G encountered severe turbulence and crashed into the side of a mountain---there were no survivors. The wreckage was located in an uncharted area and attempts to reach the site were futile. Rumors circulated that gold coins for Chiang Kai-shek's payroll were aboard. Fifty years later, Joe Reynalds inherits the family business but is unable to pay the inheritance taxes. Joe learned of the Betty G from his father who flew the Hump—his father wasn't sure there was gold aboard. To save the family business, Joe decides to throw a 'Hail Mary' and search for the Betty G's gold...
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