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Photo: US Army (?

Happy Hump Day, Oppo.

A Curtiss C-47 flies above the Himalayas, known to pilots as The Hump, during WWII. Running from April 1942 to November 1945, flights over the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains brought desperately needed food, fuel, spare parts, medical supplies, and even livestock to the Chinese Army and US Army Air Force units fighting against the Japanese, who had cut the overland Burma Road supply route. In the course of two-and-a-half years of operations, 650,000 tons of supplies passed over The Hump, but the dangerous high-altitude flights claimed nearly 600 aircraft crashed, missing, or written off, while 1,659 pilots and crew were killed or missing.


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