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FLYING THE HUMP

by Angeline Hawkes

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Copyright © 2012 by Angeline Hawkes

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Dedication

For Smith - who flew the hump and lived to tell the tales. R.I.P.



Prologue

In 1944, Japan cut off Allied access to China’s Pacific coast. Chinese airbases were needed for attacks on Axis powers. Working together, 84,000 Allied and Chinese forces flew dangerous missions through the Himalayan Mountains on a 530-mile stretch called “The Hump”. From 1942 to 1945, over 1500 airmen were killed, 2000 planes destroyed, and over 81 planes listed as missing along the treacherous air route. On March 27, 1944, an unarmed Curtiss C-46, operated by an inexperienced crew, left the airbase in Kunming, China en route to Sookerating, India. During the flight, a crewman shouted over the airwaves for directional bearings. There was no further communication with the plane. Subsequent searches failed to locate a crash site.

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