ESCAPE AND EVADE

SECOND WORLD WAR BURMA

ALEX BESCOBY AND ANDREW BIRD DESCRIBE HOW A DOWNED DAKOTA CREW FOUGHT THROUGH HOSTILE JUNGLE TO REACH FRIENDLY TERRITORY IN THE DYING DAYS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

Personnel from 62 Squadron and Burmese workers loading stores onto one of the unit’s Dakotas.
(ALL IMAGES VIA AUTHOR)

When Japan entered the air war over Burma in December 1941, it was better equipped than its Allied adversaries and certainly had a numerical advantage. It took years of strenuous effort and hard fighting by the Allies to claw back air supremacy, which they achieved during the final year of the Second World War. Even then, the skies were far from safe from Japanese fighters and ground-based anti-aircraft guns.

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