The Art of War
The paintings of Tom Lea, Life magazine's artist-correspondent during World War II.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, February 06, 2009
October 23, 1943: “After dinner tonight I talked to a young Captain Bunch who has flown 50 round-trips over the Hump [the Himalayas] and is back here for a rest. We studied maps of the route.” On October 26: “At last I’m in China. We took off from [Chabua] at 0830 in our B-25 and flew over the Hump in two hours and thirty-five minutes. The Hump is the eastern end of the Himalayas, and undoubtedly the most dangerous air route in the world, the graveyard of plenty of planes and the men who fly them. The Hump is the only entrance and exit we have now to China, and it’s a treacherous doorway.”