Imphal, The Hump and Beyond
U.S.A.A.F. Combat Cargo Groups of the Second World War
Hump', by Dr. Carl Frey Constein. After the Burma
Road fell to Japan early in World War II, the allies had only one way to keep China in the
war: fly the supplies over the Himalayas. "The Hump" was history's first
airlift, renowned then, sunk in oblivion now.
The author, a C-46 pilot, flew 96 round trips on this perilous 500 mile route. By the time he arrived in eastern India in October 1944, Japanese Zero's were no longer a menace. Nature was the enemy-the worlds highest mountains and densest jungle, the worlds worst weather. Rarely was the sky clear enough to reveal the majesty and beauty of snow-capped peaks, cousins of regal Mt. Everest, 600 miles to the west.
'The Hump' can be purchased from the author Dr. Carl Frey Constein, 2705 Craig Avenue, Reading, PA 19609. It is also available in bookstores ISBN 1-58500-643-2.
Paperback 148 pages
Cost: $12.95 Shipping and handling included. Make checks payable to Dr. Carl F. Constein
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