Flight by Elephant

Flight by Elephant

The Untold Story of World War Two's Most Daring Jungle Rescue

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the rescue of the Chaukan party, stranded by a monsoon, by a decorated veteran of the Royal Flying Corps, with the aid of a herd of elephants and their mahouts.

The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission.

& Taylor

This extraordinary true story, set in the summer of 1942, follows Gyles Mackrell, a decorated First World War pilot, as he, together with 20 elephants and a team of elephant riders, passed through territory previously unseen by any white man to rescue Indian army soldiers from the pursuing Japanese. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2013
ISBN: 9780007461523
Branch Call Number: 940.5425 MARTI
Characteristics: xiv, 322 pages : maps ; 23 cm


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Nov 12, 2014

Detailed account of refugees from North Burma assisted in their escape across mountains and river crossings to Assam in India by tea planters and Indians with their elephants.
Based on fact, it presents like an adventure tale. The maps are helpful in following the horrific journeys.

KCLSLibrarians Mar 03, 2014

Another good "untold" WWII story - seems like a new one gets published every few months. This one recounts the rescue of civilians and soldiers fleeing Burma during the Japanese invasion. Leeches galore.


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