OVER THE HUMP: The Story of General William Tunner by

OVER THE HUMP: The Story of General William Tunner

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Beginning from absolute zero, General Tunner built one of the most fantastically complex military organizations in history. His life has been dedicated to military air transport. Up until 1941 there was no organization for transport of fighting planes and material. When the Air Corps set up its Ferrying Command to fly bombers to Britain, Tunner was the third officer assigned to it. He rose to commanding general, with 50,000 personnel including 8500 pilots under him, while erecting the enormous, world-wide air transport structure. One of his first great operations was flying about a million tons of cargo over the Himalaya Mountains in what was called the Hump Airlift. During the Russian blockade of West Berlin, his men flew 900 round trips a day carrying food and coal to West Berliners. During the hot war in Korea, his unit maintained the longest airlift over flown, ferrying men from the U.S. to Japan, then shuttling supplies and troops to Korea. One of the best known of the later Military Air Transport Service (MATS) duties was to airlift over 14,000 Hungarian refugees to freedom in the U.S. He says: ""From the Hump on I have been convinced that we can carry anything anywhere anytime."" General Tunner tells his story with frank delight and a trace of the Officers Club lounge.

Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce