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Hunt for Jimmie Browne By Robert L. Willett

Hunt for Jimmie Browne by Robert L. Willett

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On Tuesday, November 17, 1942, aircraft C-47 #60 climbed slowly over the Himalayas growing smaller and smaller until finally it faded from sight, never to be seen again-until 70 years later.

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Hunt for Jimmie Browne: An Mia Pilot in World War II China by Robert L. Willett

On Tuesday, November 17, 1942, aircraft C-47 #60 climbed slowly over the Himalayas growing smaller and smaller until finally it faded from sight, never to be seen again-until 70 years later. This is the story of one family's search for answers about the MIA pilots of C-47 #60, particularly the co-pilot, James S. Browne. James S. Browne was a pilot for China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), an airline jointly owned by the Republic of China (55%) and Pan Am (45%) and being flown under contract to the U.S. Army Air Corps. CNAC's mission was to pioneer the Hump route over the Himalayas, and bring in the gasoline, weapons, ammunition, and war goods needed to keep China in the war. If China left the war, more than one million Japanese soldiers would be free to beef up Pacific bases. Browne and his crew of three were killed in a plane crash while en route to Dinjan with supplies. Though rescue missions took place following their disappearance, they were unsuccessful. Nearly forty years later, Willett picks up where they left off in the hopes of finding his missing cousin. Gathering crash site information on a trip to China, Willett's hired search team makes three ascents up Cang Shan mountain near Dali, China and finally strikes metal-the scattered wreckage from a C-47. A search of Douglas Aircraft data revealed that a number found on a piece of the wreckage matched the construction number of CNAC # 60. According to Douglas, CNAC #60 was lost on November 17, 1942 while flying for CNAC. Finally, the lost was found. Since the discovery five years ago, Willett has dealt with U.S. government agencies and the Chinese government in efforts to bring Jimmie home. Finding bureaucratic roadblocks to a successful excavation of the wreck, Willett's search and rescue mission continues.

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Willett has poignantly captured the heroism of his cousin who went missing over 'the Hump' in the China-Burma-India theater of World War II in 1942. It's a story about the pain a family experiences when one of its own is MIA and the lengths that Willett went to in order to seek closure decades later."" - Sam Kleiner, author of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan

""Not only a fascinating account of the short life of the subject but also a synopsis of the various organizations and units that played some role in Jimmie Browne's life. The book recounts the struggles to bring him home. . . . It reveals that many of our MIA processes are in need of scrutiny."" - Billy McDonald, author of The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault

""The heartwarming story of a search for the remains of a relative who died flying the Himalayan Hump and the search for the aircraft and crew show the difference between a resourceful private American effort and a bureaucratic U.S.-Chinese government approach."" - Barry Martin, author of Forgotten Aviator: The Adventures of Royal Leonard

""Jimmie Browne's love of flying lured him early into the Second World War. He went to England in 1941 as a ferry pilot, and in 1942 he joined China's paramilitary airline, flying cargo over the 'Hump' of the Himalayas. He died young, his body's location unknown until 2011 and still unrecovered, a story Bob Willett tells fondly and well."" - Daniel Ford, author of Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942

About Robert L. Willett

Robert L. Willett is a military historian and the author of two well-received books on the American Civil War, One Day of the Civil War: America in Conflict, April10, 1863 (described by Publishers Weekly as "cleverly conceived and consistently engrossing" and The Lightning Mule Brigade: The Story of Streight's Raid. A resident of Cocoa Beach, Florida, he has traveled extensively in the Russian Far East as a member of the Citizens Democracy Corps.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Part One-Jim's Short Life
  • Chapter One-James Sallee Browne (Jimmie)
  • Chapter Two-Air Transport Auxiliary
  • Chapter Three-China in the Past
  • Chapter Four-The Long Road to China
  • Chapter Five-China National Aviation Corporation
  • Part Two-The Fatal Flight
  • Chapter Six-The Flight
  • Chapter Seven-The Hump
  • Chapter Eight-The Crew
  • Chapter Nine-The AVG
  • Chapter Ten-The Plane
  • Part Three-The Search
  • Chapter Eleven-The Search Takes Shape
  • Chapter Twelve-CNAC Association
  • Chapter Thirteen-MIA Recoveries, Inc.
  • Chapter Fourteen-China Beckons
  • Chapter Fifteen-MIA Begins its Planning
  • Chapter Sixteen-The Agony of Fundraising
  • Chapter Seventeen-The Ascent
  • Chapter Eighteen-Enter JPAC
  • Part Four-The Plot Thickens
  • Chapter Nineteen-DPAA, PLA and Me
  • Chapter Twenty-Beijing
  • Chapter Twenty-One-The Next Step
  • Chapter Twenty-Two-Disappointment
  • Chapter Twenty-Three-Chengdu and the Statue
  • Chapter Twenty-Four-Conclusion
  • Chapter Twenty-Five
  • Epilogue

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    Hunt for Jimmie Browne: An Mia Pilot in World War II China by Robert L. Willett
    University of Nebraska Press
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