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02-26-2005, 11:21 PM

Lost in Tibet:
The Untold Story of Five American Airmen, a Doomed Plane, and the Will to Survive

November 1943.

Caught in a violent storm and blown far off their intended course, five American airmen€"flying the dangerous Himalayan supply route known as €œThe Hump€€"were forced to bail out just seconds before their plane ran out of fuel. To their astonishment, they found they had landed in the heart of Tibet.

Miraculously, all five survived the jump. But their ordeal was just beginning. After crossing some of Tibet€s most treacherous mountains, the five airmen rode on borrowed mules into the fabled city of Lhasa. Their arrival was not a matter of choice; instead they were escorted to Lhasa by a suspicious Tibetan government, trapped in a tightening vise between China and the West.

The five were among the first Americans ever to enter the Forbidden City (two years before Heinrich Harrer, author of Seven Years in Tibet), and among the last to see it before the Chinese launched their invasion.

While in Tibet, the five Americans had to confront what, to them, seemed a bizarre - even alien - people. At the same time, they had to extricate themselves from the political turmoil that even then was raging around Tibet€s right to be independent from China.

To avert an international incident - and to assure their own safety - the five men were forced to leave Lhasa in a hurry. They set out, in the middle of winter, on a perilous journey across the Tibetan plateau - only to find themselves caught in a desperate race against time.


02-26-2005, 11:46 PM
another unbelieveable but true story and a great read too.


han freak solo
02-27-2005, 04:44 PM
That's too cool! My grandpa, who is still alive, flew C-87s over the Hump in WWII.

I gotta get two copies. One for him and one for me.

02-27-2005, 05:20 PM

Tell your Grandfather hi, and thanks. My sons' maternal grandparents are Chinese, and had some very nice things to say about the 14th AF. They both had their very first chocolate bars given to them by US airmen during the War. Your grandpa may well have been the one who delivered that candy. Little things do mean a lot.



han freak solo
02-27-2005, 05:44 PM
Thanks Horseback.

I'll try to copy in your message to him.

03-06-2005, 07:42 AM
They were some good boys.
At the begin ,they only want to fly over and see the highest mountain,but out of fuel...I learn the courage from them,COURAGE. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

03-06-2005, 09:23 AM
Pity they didn't find Shangri-La at last... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif