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- DescriptionCountless men served in World War II. In combat, on the seas, in administrative offices, and in the skies. Hump Drivers is a vivid and engrossing account in words and images of one man's experience as a Hump Driver, a pilot who transported people and goods across the terrain between Assam, India, and China. With skillful, highly-detailed drawings and honest, relatable and often witty descriptions, the tales of the war are shared in such a way that even a lay person will be left with a deep appreciation and respect for those who served in the armed forces. Arthur La Vove presents an unforgettable collection of portraits which depict how profoundly the war could change a man. With the poor-quality food, insanitary and uncomfortable facilities, harsh and dangerous weather, malfunctioning communications and equipment, and governmental political games of expectations, it is only too easy to see and feel for the men who endured the hardships in such a foreign place as the Hump.
- Author BiographyArthur La Vove was a writer, artist, journalist and pilot who lived and worked during a pivotal time in American aviation and military history. He was born on Manhattan Island in New York City, USA, on December 6, 1909. He flew his first airplane from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York in 1929. He then went on to fly as a pilot for the first trans-continental airline in American history- Century Airways-and, subsequently, for United Airlines in the late 1930s, while enlisting in the Air National Guard prior to the attack by Imperial Japan on Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II in December 1941. He attended Columbia University's School of Journalism in New York, and he was a working police and aviation reporter for both the Herald Examiner and the L.A. Times in Southern California through the 1930s and 40s and up until the mid-1970s. He was an active commercial pilot during the 1930s and 40s, and he witnessed and experienced the beginnings of modern commercial airlines and commercial aircraft manufacturing, particularly on the West Coast in Southern California. He knew the founders of Pan American Airways, and of Mexicana Airlines-a subsidiary of Pan American. He flew airplanes for William Randolph Hearst and his family to and from San Simeon, and he knew Howard Hughes. Finally, and no less interestingly, Art La Vove drove in the last Mexican Road Race in 1953 through Baja, California, and he was involved with the expedition to excavate Pre-Columbian artefacts in and around Mexico City, Mexico during the 1930s; most likely piloting an airplane which transported artefacts and personnel. He died in May of 1994 in Santa Monica, California. He lived an active and full life.
- Author(s)Arthur La Vove
- PublisherAustin Macauley Publishers
- Date of Publication30/06/2016
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAustin Macauley Publishers
- Width189 mm
- Height246 mm
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