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I enjoyed this book, but very little of it involved the story described in the marketing blurb. The description of the plane disaster was dramatic, but once the passengers and pilots parachuted to the ground, the fearsome headhunters turned out to be pretty friendly, and there was no indication of Japanese soldiers anywhere in the area.
One large section of the book was devoted to American concerns that the Chinese Nationalists were siphoning war aid into their own pockets or using it to fight communists rather than the Japanese. Another large section described British military expeditions to punish headhunters in the decades before the war. I found all of this interesting, but it was marketed deceptively.
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I was drawn to the story because my father flew with the ATC during WW2. He did not fly "the hump", but nevertheless had intriguing and harrowing stories of his time flying supplies and troops to many exotic places during the war. I was therefore quite disappointed when the story turned out to be ACTUALLY a very biased account of British colonial rule in India. It only very superficially mentioned the survival and eventual rescue of members of flight 1422. The story ended up being interesting but was not as advertised