US Ambassador Eric Garcetti to Inaugurate ‘Hump World War II’ Museum in Arunachal

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GG News Bureau
Itanagar, 28th Nov. 
US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti will inaugurate the ‘Hump World War II’ museum in Arunachal Pradesh. The museum will showcase remnants of an aircraft that crashed during World War II in the northeastern state.

The initiative to set up the museum was taken by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

The museum aims to pay tribute to the ‘Hump Operation’, which was a significant aviation feat during the war.

The Allied Forces, led by the United States, flew supplies over the Himalayas, known as ‘The Hump’ due to the high altitude.

Many aircraft went missing in Arunachal Pradesh during this operation. The Hump route covered regions of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tibet, Yunnan (China), and Myanmar. It is estimated that around 650 aircraft crashed in these areas due to extreme flying conditions.

In 1942, when the Japanese Army blocked the Burma Road, the US-led forces had to undertake a massive airlift to transport supplies.

The pilots called this route ‘The Hump’ because they had to navigate deep gorges and fly over mountains above 10,000 feet. From 1942 to 1945, military aircraft transported approximately 650,000 tonnes of supplies from Assam to Yunnan.

The mountains of Arunachal Pradesh still pose challenges for flying due to unpredictable weather.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has been conducting investigations to search for remains of US personnel missing since World War II.

It is believed that most of the remains of the approximately 400 missing US airmen in India are located in the Himalayan Mountains in northeast India.
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