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Flying the Hump In Original World War II Color

Flying the Hump In Original World War II Color Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2004 Title Flying the Hump In Original World War II Color
Author Jeff Ethell & Don Downie Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2004 ISBN 0-7603-1915-4
Format 168 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $19.95


Well before the Berlin Airlift, the first major long-term airlift supply effort in aviation history was born during World War II when the Japanese captured the Burma Road, cutting off the supply lines between northern India and China. This often overlooked theater, referred to as the CBI (China, Burma, India), was suddenly in jeopardy as allied operations in China would not be able to continue without food, ammunition, fuel and other logistical essentials. Standing between northern India and China were several hazards including Japanese fighters, the towering Himalaya mountains and some of the worst flying weather in the world.

Flying the Hump was considered was considered more hazardous than flying a bomber over Europe, with over 1,300 pilots and crew killed and over 500 transport aircraft lost. Nevertheless the air bridge between India and China was maintained and airlift would come into its own. With the lessons learned in the CBI, future airlift operations like the Berlin Airlift were assured a much greater probability of success.

Flying the Hump In Original World War II Color

The late Jeff Ethell and Don Downie have compiled an interesting insight into the stories behind the history of CBI airlift operations. This book is also full of beautiful photography that keeps in line with Jeff Ethell's other historical military titles - all full-color photography.

This is a must-have for the aviation historian and the modeler alike. Flying the Hump is an excellent read and fills that much-overlooked portion of US military aviation history.

My sincere thanks to Motorbooks International for this review sample!