By Judith M. Heimann
N ovember 1944: military airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what must have been a simple venture off the Borneo coast. in its place they discovered themselves suddenly dealing with a eastern fleetand have been shot down. once they lower themselves free from their parachutes, they have been scattered around the island’s mountainous inside. Then a bunch of loincloth-wearing natives silently materialized out of the jungle. may those Dayak tribesmen flip the ravenous airmen over to the opposed jap occupiers? Or might the Dayaks probability vicious reprisals to get the airmen correctly domestic? The tribal leaders’ remarkable determination ended in a determined video game of hide-and-seek, and, finally, the go back of a long-renounced ritual: head-hunting.
A cinematic survival tale that includes a bamboo airstrip outfitted on a rice paddy, a mad British significant, and a blowpipe-wielding military that helped damage one of many final jap strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is a gripping, you-are-there trip into the distant international and forgotten heroism of the Dayaks.