Pilots in Peril!
Pilots In Peril is about how many airman in WWII died or went missing in the Hump. The Hump was a cargo route from India to China that the Americans created in WWII. The Hump was piloted by young pilots in bulky cargo planes that were not the best and malfunctioned constantly. Several thousand Hump airmen died or are still missing flying it. There were many dangers. Japanese fighter planes, birds, storms, extreme temperatures, malfunctioning planes, mountains, bad pilots, and disease. Many times the airmen would have to parachute from the plane when something went wrong. However, in 1944, General William H. Tunner took over command for the Hump and improved conditions. Pilots were safer, morale was boosted and there were less crashes and deaths. Eventually, in 1945, the war ended and the Hump airmen never needed to fly the Hump again.
I liked that it had airplanes and a bit about aerial combat. I also liked that it had a collection of stories instead of just one. I liked that it talked about different ways that the airmen survived in the wild because I like survival books.
|Page Count||232 pages|
|Publisher||Capstone Young Readers|
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