By Judith M. Heimann
N ovember 1944: military airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what must have been a simple undertaking off the Borneo coast. as a substitute they discovered themselves abruptly dealing with a eastern fleetand have been shot down. once they reduce themselves free from their parachutes, they have been scattered around the island’s mountainous inside. Then a gaggle of loincloth-wearing natives silently materialized out of the jungle. could those Dayak tribesmen flip the ravenous airmen over to the adversarial eastern occupiers? Or might the Dayaks threat vicious reprisals to get the airmen adequately domestic? The tribal leaders’ extraordinary selection resulted in a determined video game of hide-and-seek, and, eventually, 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 smash one of many final eastern strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is a gripping, you-are-there trip into the distant global and forgotten heroism of the Dayaks.