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The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II

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Praise for THE AIRMEN AND THE HEADHUNTERS:

"At first the downed flyboys thought their hosts to be savage. But by the end of their remarkable journey, the Americans learned just how civilized headhunters can be. Judith Heimann has uncovered a dramatic, touchingly human tale in the jungle forests of Borneo." — James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys

"Sixty years later, World War II is still giving up its secrets. The Airmen and the Headhunters recovers a forgotten tale from the far Pacific that should interest anyone who cares about the gallantry of our aviators who flew into harm's way." --James D. Hornfischer, author of Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

"The Airmen and the Headhunters is an engaging and unique tale of courage and rescue. Heimann has created a nuanced portrait of Borneo and a fascinating group of truly heroic tribesmen." --Alex Kershaw, author of The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

Synopsis:

November 1944: Their B-24 bomber shot down on what should have been an easy mission off the Borneo coast, a scattered crew of Army airmen cut themselves loose from their parachutes—only to be met by loincloth-wearing natives silently materializing out of the mountainous jungle. Would these Dayak tribesmen turn the starving airmen over to the hostile Japanese occupiers? Or would the Dayaks risk vicious reprisals to get the airmen safely home in a desperate game of hide-and-seek?

A cinematic survival story featuring a bamboo airstrip built on a rice paddy, a mad British major, and a blowpipe-wielding army that helped destroy one of the last Japanese strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is also a gripping tale of wartime heroism unlike any other you have read.

About the Author

JUDITH M. HEIMANN is a career diplomat and the author of The Most Offending Soul Alive. She spent seven years living in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and speaks Indonesian. She traveled to three continents and interviewed all the surviving Dayaks and airmen in her research for this book. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Brussels.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface  *  1

ONE: A B-24 Over Borneo  *  3

TWO: Into the Jungle  *  21

THREE: The D.O.s Dilemma  *  35

FOUR: “Good-bye, Mister”  *  57

FIVE: Another Part of the Forest  *  71

SIX: Becoming Lun Dayeh  *  81

SEVEN: A Letter from the Japanese  *  95EIGHT: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Times" Polecat Gulch  *  109

NINE: The Pangeran Forces the Pace  *  131

TEN: The D.O. Declares War  *  147

ELEVEN: The Navy Crashes In  *  165

TWELVE: Help from on High  *  189

THIRTEEN: SEMUT Finds Work for the Yanks  *  205

FOURTEEN: A Way Out  *  225

FIFTEEN: The Allies Arrive  *  243

 

Acknowledgments  *  263

Glossary  *  267

A Note on Sources  *  273

Index  *  281

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151014347
Subtitle:
A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II
Author:
Heimann, Judith M
Author:
Heimann, Judith M.
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090115
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 8-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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November 1944: Their B-24 bomber shot down on what should have been an easy mission off the Borneo coast, a scattered crew of Army airmen cut themselves loose from their parachutes—only to be met by loincloth-wearing natives silently materializing out of the mountainous jungle. Would these Dayak tribesmen turn the starving airmen over to the hostile Japanese occupiers? Or would the Dayaks risk vicious reprisals to get the airmen safely home in a desperate game of hide-and-seek?

A cinematic survival story featuring a bamboo airstrip built on a rice paddy, a mad British major, and a blowpipe-wielding army that helped destroy one of the last Japanese strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is also a gripping tale of wartime heroism unlike any other you have read.

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