Army & Navy: Smuggling over the Hump

The valiant, skillful flyers of Burma's treacherous Hump route were not all heroes. Last week the Army ruefully revealed that some had been low-grade scoundrels. Working with experienced Chinese, Burmese and Indian gangs, they had been smuggling gold, jewelry, drugs, arms and other contraband from India to China for more than two years, had piled up personal profits amounting to more than $4 million.

The vast racket did not by any means involve the great majority of Army personnel engaged in Hump operations (although the Army's failure to give names and figures did not help to correct that impression). But the guilty...

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