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Just got an email from the CNAC guys aka: Pepperbud…I have been very interested in the story of the “Flying Tigers” as my doctor who brought me into the world nearly 56 years ago was “Doc Rich” or otherwise known as Dr. Lewis J. Richards!!! Do you have accounts about him. I would love to know those who have stories to tell about him during the days of the “Flying Tigers” days and action with CNAC.
Dr. Richards has since passed away in early 90′s but he was a special guy who was a tough guy due to his action during the early days of CNAC.
I will try to read more in depth of your blogs when I get more time. Good luck in your endeavors.
Thanks for checking in. Great detail hearing about Doc Richards being the one to bring you into the world. Talk about an instant connection to great history! I haven’t collected much about Doc, although I keep running across his name…. I would guess the guy to try is Pete Goutiere…. I’ll send his email addy.
Great site – will keep an eye on it!!!!
Thanks Bill! Glad you like it and hope you’ll keep checking in. You may be surprised to learn that one of our conversations at a CNAC reunion a few years ago started me thinking seriously about a story that might evolve into my next book project. Hope you and your wife are doing well. Cheers, Greg
In between the last 67 days of skiing, finally got to see this site. Way to go, grasshopper, Greg. I always cherish the our West Point and climbing times together, dude. The CNAC history is priceless since Jennie just flew as a business woman to three different cities in the the big China.
Thanks for checking in, Ned. Glad the skiing has been so consistent. I probably got about half that number of surf days, which isn’t bad at all. Managed a few days of snowboarding, too, which I’m trying to pick up with Ryan. (Figured it’d be good for him to see his old man being a beginner.) Love to Jennie when she comes home. Cheers, GC
Hello Mr Crouch.
many years ago, ie in the 1960s, I began an interest in the Hump route and the CBI war theate. Initially this was because I had an uncle who was in the Chindits and had apparently walked out through Burma to China. I was also then interested in aerophilately and after aquiring a first cover that had been flown from the UK to Chungking in 1944 ,I was thrilled to bits to find out that I could only have been carried out of China over the Hump . It was a bit of a story of how I took this cover up to our local chinese restuarant in Sheffield , England, to try to have the Chinese writing translated.. I recently found a wonderful CNAC cover from the end of April 1942. It was from a CNAC employee in Nhamkham, Burma, addressed to the CNAC offices in Calcutta. By then it could not have been flown out from Lashio through Burma but was send back to Kunming when it languished until August 1944 before being sent onto Calcutta. I wonder what the letter inside said as Lashio fell to the Japanese just a few days after the letter was written. In my later alter ego as a botanist I have been lucky to have visited Kunming, Tali and out to the real high Hump mountains, Mt Kawakarpo, on the Mekong divide. To see those 20,000ft plus mountains , the highest remains still unclimbed, is to really appreciate what those aircrews did on a DC3 !
Anyway. after a long lapse I have come back in retirement to researching my old Hump route passion and found your site on the web. It looks great stuff and please tell me as soon as possible how I can obtain a( autographed copy ) from you.
best regards Alistair Watt
I’m thrilled that you found the site and checked in. Is there any chance I could see scans of those two covers? And have your permission to post them on the site here? They’d fit perfectly. I’d also be interested in seeing a few photos of the mountains of the Hump you might have. All of that would be great to add to the narration here.
China’s Wings is due to publish next February, so I can’t put a copy in your hot little hands — yet. Page proofs are supposed to arrive on Monday, and after that bound galleys. So there’s still some work to do, but only a little.
Pretty fabulous about the Chindit uncle, too… I’m just reading Fergal Keane’s “Road of Bones” about the Kohima siege. It’s good. I recommend it.
Hello Greg, Many thanks for your kind reply I will get that to you when we get home next week. I idnt realise that you were a fellow climber as well, I retired from that mugs game years ago after a long spell in a hospital !!
I don’t like the sound of that “long spell in a hospital.” Hope you came out okay? I’m just back from a trip up to Tuolumne to climb with my girlfriend and son. Don’t get out as often as I’d like — and only a mere fraction of what I used to manage — but I still enjoy it a ton.
Did a bit of climbing in your neck of the woods about 15 years ago — Millstone, Stannage, and Almscliff… wow, what great stone.
Hello Greg, Is the world not an amazingly small place? Yes, I did do some climbing on Stannage edge but way back in the 1960s mate !! great rock that Millstone grit. Also did you get onto any of the Limestone in Derbyshire eg at Stoney Middleton ? Also I was very much into caving – spelunking to you. A great movie that “Sanctum”.
Now back to really where we started. How do I get the scans/photos to you. Can I just copy and paste them onto this run ?
No, it’s definitely “caving” to us, too… I wrote a story for National Geographic about caving in Oman back in 2003. Amazing trip. One of my best pals is cave photographer Steven Alvarez .
I didn’t get any British limestone: deep water soloing on the south coast, Dream of White Horses is Wales, the grit, and I’ve been winter climbing in Scotland twice back in the 80s.
Perhaps best to use my direct email? email@example.com
Then I can download and post your images.
That’d be excellent!
China’s Wings: a Great Book on building and airline in CHINA during the Golden Age of Aviation. I loved it and couldn’t put it down. Well done! I posted a review on Amazon and on my facebook page.
Great news, Jamie! Thanks for taking the effort to read and review it. Much appreciated. I’m so glad you liked it, you being one of the expert readers and all.
Just a quick note to express my pleasure reading China Wings. A hallmark of a good book for me is one where I can’t put it down. China Wings more than fulfilled this quality. And to be able to meet Moon, at your book-reading made it all the more special and personal. Thank you for such a wonderful delivery of this phenomenal adventure. As I footnote, as I was looking up Juan Trippe on Wikipedia, I found that Wikipedia claims Juan owned CNAC. Perhaps you might like to rectify that false claim.
I wish you fantastic success with the continued roll-out of you fine story. Warm regards, Bob
Wow is all I can say! I am the granddaughter of a Hump pilot, William Mundt, who was killed in 1944. He is still considered an MIA even though he would be 97 and my mother (who was a baby when he died) periodically gets updates from the military on his case.
I just learned of your book today and we are so thrilled you wrote about these brave men … I grew up knowing about my grandfather’s heroism … so glad others will now know too.
Getting to know the CNAC veterans has been one of the highlights of my life, Jen, so the pleasure is all mine. (Since I’m thinking you’re Serena’s friend checking in, I’d recommend Otha Spencer’s “Flying the Hump” as the best survey history of the Hump airlift.)
Greg, I’m Harold Bixby’s grandson. Can you please contact
me. Henry Caldwell
China’s Wings is one of the finest books I’ve read in my 60+ years of reading. For academicians, you have produced a well-researched, strongly-supported reference work. For lovers of adventure, you have provided many hours of excellent entertainment.
I’m an ex-airlifter who flew in East Asia in 1968, 1969 and 1970, including 15 months of operations out of Taiwan, when Chiang’s son reportedly held a lot of power. Upon arrival in Taiwan in 1969, we received an orientation in which we were cautioned about ill feelings on the island between the Taiwanese and the Nationalists and by both for the Japanese. Your book has filled in gaps in my knowledge of the history of East Asia and provided context around stories I heard from older pilots in my squadron who had flown the Hump as young copilots.
It’s a great book, and I’ll be passing the word to my old pals!
Thank you, Doctor Miller! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed China’s Wings and are inspired to recommend it to your friends. I really appreciate you making the effort to do that. And thanks for your service in Asia — I’m assuming you were supporting operations in Vietnam at that time? Very cool that you served with some Hump pilots, too. Our modern strategic airlift capability certainly has its roots on the Hump. (Any chance I could convince you to turn your words above into a brief review of the work on Amazon, B&N, and/or other online booksellers? My editor tells me that stuff makes a difference.) Thanks again for checking in. I feel so lucky to have discovered that story. Cheers, Greg
Thanks again for writing Enduring Patagonia. Just read it a second time. In the chaos of daily life it reminds me what I’m doing it for.
Delighted to hear you survived your second lap, Troy. Thanks for checking in. Cheers, GC
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