An odd and interesting bit of history from the Pacific Front in World War II
The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II is a well-researched telling of the story of two sets of American fliers (one Army and one Navy) who were shot down over Borneo by the Japanese. The survivors end up living with the Dayaks, the famous headhunters of the highlands of Borneo.
Borneo was largely unmapped and unknown to the West. It was, and still is, one of the remotest locations on earth. Most of Borneo's interior is like the old line, "You can't get there from here." Well, you can if you jump out of an airplane.
|The author, Judith Heimann |
doing research in Borneo
Don't let that stop you from reading this book, though. Any student of World War II should pick this one up just to learn one of the more interesting tales from a remote location in a truly world war.
A PBS documentary was also made with the same title based on the book.
I rate this book 4 stars.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: The Airmen and the Headhunters.
Reviewed on August 11, 2009