America's WWII: We're All In This Together

Supply Routes

Flying the Hump

Flying the "Hump"

Flying the "Hump" refers to the dangerous aerial route used by Allied pilots to ferry supplies over the Himalayan mountain range between India and China. Despite difficult flight conditions and enemy attacks a small number of flight crews delivered over 650,000 tons of supplies to China.

Factoid: During the three years of "Hump" airlifts, China received over 80 percent of its war materials this way, aiding Chinese defenders fighting the Japanese.