Sue Vander Hook
Editor and author of 40+ books, including Adolf Hitler: German Dictator
“An incredible true account of courage and determination! Not often do we get to “walk in the shoes” of a World War II B-29 bomber pilot—Lt. Col. Donald J. Humphrey—who miraculously survived eight months in the Malayan jungle and evaded his would-be Japanese captors. This book is definitely a must read.”
Author of the Black Orchestra WW2 spy series
“More thrills per page than fiction!
This is a remarkable story, and it is even more remarkable for being true. It tells the story of Major Donald J. Humphrey of the USAAF and the crew of a B-29 bomber, shot down over Malaya in 1944. In a series of amazing selfless acts, the local Malay and Chinese Communists gave them the help they needed. At grave personal risk, they led the Americans on a tortuous journey through the swamps and jungles, narrowly avoiding capture by the brutal Japanese in occupation. Disease and hunger were enemies every bit as dangerous as the Japanese, while nature – in the form of snakes, elephants, leeches, and mosquitos – did its best to slow them down and undermine their determination to find their way home. The first order of priority was to locate a radio in order to alert the USAAF that they were alive and in need of rescue. Sadly, not everyone who aided these airmen survived the war. There are more thrills per page in this book than in many works of fiction, and of course, the veracity of the tale makes all the difference. Highly recommended.”
Self Publishing Review
“8 Miraculous Months in the Malayan Jungle is an inspiring biographical memoir of a downed B-29 Air Force crew in WWII–a riveting story finally brought to light by the pilot’s son more than six decades later. Ultimately, this reads as a powerful personal narrative celebrating patriotism and the fierce tenacity of the human spirit.”
The International Review of Books
“Could not turn the pages fast enough!
They’re called the Greatest Generation for a reason! When you read the author’s thrilling account of his father’s remarkable WWII legacy, you have to pause and give thanks. Without the bravery and sacrifice of men like Major Donald J. Humphrey, USAAF, we would be living under tyranny today.
The Major, a pilot, was shot down with his crew by the Japanese in 1945, plunging into the Malayan jungle. They faced harrowing threats to life and health — swamps, crocodiles, famine, malaria, and possible capture at any moment by the brutal enemy.
It took eight horrific months, with the help of Malay locals and Chinese Communists, to trek through torturous terrain before they could be rescued.
God bless the Major’s son, who wrote this inspiring read —and God bless Major Humphrey and all who fought to keep us safe!” 5 of 5 Stars
“A GREAT book and story!
I am 78 and have for 60 years read on WWII, both European and Pacific campaigns; WWII has been my avocation, and I am sure I have read more than a thousand books on the subject, maybe several thousand, everything I could get my hands on. This book is one of the most interesting, most riveting of all. The author is a very good writer, and this true story I could not put down and was sorry to end the book. Do not hesitate to buy and read.”
5.0 out of 5 stars – Amazon review