Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Flying the Hump over the Salween valley:1944

This is the hazardous air transport route from India to China made by hundreds of US pilots during WW2, to bring supplies to the KMT government after the Burma Road was overrun by the Japanese. What's the Joseph Rock link? Well, he explored the Salween valley a decade or so before and drew such detailed maps that he was commissioned to develop these into air charts for the US Air Force Transport Command. And that is Mt Kawakarpo (Meili Xue Shan), in the background - as described by Rock in Through the Great River Trenches of Asia (National Geographic magazine1926).

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