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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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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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JUDITH M. HEIMANN is a career diplomat and the

Synopsis:

Describes how the American Army crew of a B-24 bomber, shot down over Japanese-occupied Borneo in November 1944 were rescued by native Dayak tribesmen, one-time headhunters who returned to their long-renounced ritual in order to protect the airmen and help bring down one of Japan's final strongholds.

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:
9780547416069
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Author:
Judith M. Heimann
Author:
Heimann, Judith M.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Audio Books-Military
Subject:
Military-World War II Aviation
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
Military-World War II Pacific
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
History : Military - World War II
Subject:
History : Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History : Military - United States
Subject:
History : Military - Aviation
Publication Date:
January 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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