Himalayan Journal vol.64
The Himalayan Journal

Publication year:

Harish Kapadia
  1. The Himalayan Club 80th Year Celebrations
  2. The Early Years
    (Trevor Braham)
  3. Travels in the Lesser Himalaya
    (William Mackay (Bill) Aitken)
  4. The Himalayan Club at Eighty
    (Aamir Ali)
  5. Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, KG ONZ KBE
    (George Band)
  6. Old Letters
    (A. D. Moddie)
  7. The Eastern Frontier of India
    (Harish Kapadia)
  8. James Hilton and Shangri-La
    (Rasoul Sorkhabi)
  9. Travels in the world of F. Kingdon-Ward
    (Tamotsu Nakamura)
  10. Walking Off The Map
    (Cdr Satyabrata Dam)
  11. Lowland porters in the Solu Khumbu
    (Angharad Law and George W. Rodway)
  12. How It All Began
    (Jimmy Roberts)
  13. Exploring the Debsa ... and beyond
    (Gerry Galligan)
  14. A Road Much Travelled
    (Harish Kapadia)
  15. Mamostong Kangri
    (Colonel Ashok Abbey)
  16. Where Has the Snow Gone !
    (Divyesh Muni)
  17. 150 Years of the Alpine Club
    (George Band)
  18. Zen and the Art of Not Falling Off a Motorbike
    (William Mackay (Bill) Aitken)
  19. Pioneer of the High Realm : Michael Ward
    (George W. Rodway and Jeremy S. Windsor)


Nicholas Clinch

Hon. Local Secretary, USA

The Himalayan Club

2nd February 2008

Dear Harish,

Interesting to learn about you visit to the Loliit valley. My father was involved in flying over the Burma Hump, which is to the southeast of the Loliit valley, during the Second World war.

The American planes that flew 'the Hump' from northern India to China were in the Air Transport Command. My father was in the US 10th Air Force stationed in north India which was supporting the allied effort to recapture Burma and open the road the China. He was Assistant Deputy for Operations and was in charge of all the American air supply to the American. British, and Indian troops involved in that campaign. At one point I believe he had a 1000 planes under his command. He ended the war as Deputy Chief of Staff of the 10th, the third highest ranking officer.

He went on many missions in Burma, some in bombers, but most of them supply. When the war was over he flew to China to supervise the transportation of the Chinese soldiers to that country. Any planes lost in the area of the Salween would have been in the Air Transport Command. When I went to Deqen I heard about villagers visiting a downed American plane. It could have been flying the hump. But while possible the region was pretty far north. I also wondered if it might have been a downed CIA plane that was supporting guerrillas in Kham.

I let the Chinese know about my father and how he helped support the Chinese in World War II which was a big help because they attach so much importance to family. This may have led to the story circulating around Deqen that the reason I returned so many times was that I was really looking for my father. I got this from a Japanese friend, Kizu Hirai, who was told that story when he was in the area. He was confused because he had met my father in Dallas, Texas, well after the war. I believe Jack Young told me that there were some flights to bases north of Kunming such as Lijiang and so it could have been a hump plane. One plane was so far north that when they parachuted out they were relatively near Lhasa. If you can find it, see Jump to the Land of God which is the story of that crew.


Nicholas Clinch


The author of the note on page 114, in the HJ vol. 63 ('The Alpine Club 150th Anniversary Celebrations in the Swiss Alps') is Mandip Singh Soin. Illustrations are by George Band.