World Battlefronts: MEN AT WAR: Mail for the Guys

Laboring over the cruel mountain "Hump Route" from India, a U.S. transport plane drew near its China base with 5,000 precious pounds of mail from home. The pilot, Lieut. Roy Thomas, noticed a scudding cloud ahead. Then:

"Suddenly we saw a ragged edge, nosed up, and then boom!—the damned cloud had a rock in it. We thought that was the end and expected to spin. Instead we gained a little altitude. . . . The hydraulic system was out and we discovered a wheel was gone. . . . Then we found we had...

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