Hump Drivers: An American Pilot’s Account of Flying over the Himalayas during WWII

Arthur La Vove

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Countless men served in World War II. In combat, on the seas, in administrative offices, and in the skies. Hump Drivers is a vivid and engrossing account in words and images of one man’s experience as a “Hump Driver,” a pilot who transported people, supplies, and ordnance over the Himalayan mountains between Assam, India, and China. With highly detailed drawings and honest, relatable, and compelling narratives, tales of war are presented and shared in such a way that the reader/viewer will be left with a deep appreciation and respect for the pilots and their crews. Arthur La Vove presents an unforgettable collection of portraits that depict how profoundly war changes a man. With poor-quality food, unsanitary and uncomfortable facilities, harsh and dangerous weather, and malfunctioning communications and equipment, it is easy to see and feel for the men who endured these hardships in such a foreign place as the Hump.

Size: 6" x 9" | 43 b/w illustrations | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764361661

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Arthur La Vove was a writer, artist, journalist, and pilot who lived and worked during a pivotal time in American aviation and military history. He was born on Manhattan Island in New York City, on December 6, 1909. He flew his first airplane from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, in 1929. He then went on to fly as a pilot for the first trans-continental airlines in American history: Century Airways, and, subsequently, for United Airlines in the late 1930s, while enlisting in the Air National Guard prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by Imperial Japan and America’s entry into World War II in December 1941. On that Sunday, December 7, 1941, Arthur La Vove enlisted in the US Army Air Force. He was sent to serve in Air Transport Command in the China-Burma-India theater of operations—the CBI. He attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York, and he was a working aviation, automotive, and police reporter for both the Herald Examiner and the Los Angeles Times in Southern California through the 1930s and 1940s, and up until the mid-1970s. He was an active commercial pilot from the 1930s tp the latey 1940s, and he witnessed and experienced the beginnings of modern commercial aviation and aircraft manufacturing on the west coast in Southern California. He knew the founders of Pan American Airways and Mexicana Airlines—a subsidiary of Pan American. He flew airplanes for William Randolph Hearst and his family to and from San Simeon Castle in San Simeon, California, and he was acquainted with Howard Hughes, Donald Douglas of McDonnell-Douglas, the co-founder of McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Corporation; as well as Charles Lindbergh. As with Southern California aviation, Arthur La Vove knew individuals who were important figures in the history of Southern California automotive industry development and racing lore. In 1953, La Vove drove in the last Mexican road race through Baja, California, and he was involved in an expedition to excavate Pre-Columbian artifacts in and around Mexico City during the 1930s; piloting aircraft that transported artifacts and personnel. He died in May 1993 in Santa Monica, California.