“My Pa signed up for the US Army Air Corps during the early years of WWII. He was assigned to be a radio operator aboard a C-47 in the India Burma Theater.
His mission was to deliver high octane fuel to the Chinese via the Khyber Pass in Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. The US military called it “The Hump”. Besides being constantly shot at by the enemy the route at the time was one of the most dangerous in the world. On one particular mission his cargo was high octane fuel and Chinese soldiers.
After take-off they soon realized they carried to much weight to clear the mountains. If they didn’t lose the weight before the mountains they would all crash and die. Eventually one of the pilots came up with a plan. Dump the high octane fuel and they’ll make it to their destination.
That wasn’t acceptable to the Chinese officers onboard. A question loomed in the air. How much weight needs to be lost in order to clear the mountains? A figure was come up with. The highest ranked Chinese officer on board pointed out to a group of Chinese soldiers.
Pointing his finger towards them he said in Chinese, “You all! Out the back!” My Pa couldn’t believe what he was witnessing. They opened the back hatch and marched the Chinese soldiers off to their death. No parachutes, no arguments, just march. They made it to their destination. They had successfully completed their mission. No one questioned a thing.”
-Staff Sgt. Harry J Raye. Story submitted by Nicholas Raye
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