Museum For World War II Artifacts To Be Set Up In Pasighat

Over 400 American soldiers are believed to have gone missing in aircraft crashes while crossing ‘The Hump’ from India to China

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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that Pasighat will soon see the opening of a World War II (WWII)museum where machineries recovered from Arunachal of the war era will be on display.

” The HUMP museum will open by March next year,” Khandu said while speaking during the inauguration programme of the headquarters of 5th India Reserve Battalion (IRBn) on November 25th, 2019. He informed that it will be inaugurated by US Ambassador. 

The museum will house the remains of a US Air Force B-24 bomber and a C-109 aircraft that fell in Arunachal Pradesh during WWII and other historically important articles relating to the event. Several wreckages have been reportedly sighted in the past several years. 

Situated at the eastern foothills of the Himalayas at 155 meters above mean sea level, Pasighat is Arunachal’s oldest town.

In April 2019, the Indian Army has recovered a wreckage of a WWII vintage US Air Force aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh’s Roing district buried under five feet of snow.

As per several reports, over 400 American soldiers are believed to have gone missing in aircraft crashes while crossing ‘The Hump’ from India to China. The Hump’ comprises parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Tibet and Myanmar.

It is believed that nearly 650 aircrafts crashed during WWII due to difficult flying conditions. ‘The Hump’ was the main supply route between India and China during WWII after Myanmar was captured by Japanese troops.

A few years back, Bollywood movie Rangoon directed by Vishal Bharadwaj was shot in the East Siang district headquarters and the adjoining Murkong Selek across the inter-state border in Assam.

The film, starring Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut, is set against the backdrop of World War II where Indian soldiers fought for the British army against Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in Rangoon, Myanmar (formerly Burma).

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