About the Book
8 Miraculous Months in the Malayan Jungle: A WWII Pilot’s True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival
On January 11, 1945, Major Donald J. Humphrey had his B-29 Superfortress directed at Singapore Island. After navigating the 1900-mile trip from India through dangerous weather, they had just successfully bombed their target. And that’s when Japanese Zeroes shot off the wing and sent the mighty aircraft death-spiralling into the Malayan jungle.
Jumping to safety, Humphrey and a few of his remaining crewmates found themselves lost in the middle of Japanese-occupied territory. Enduring vicious crocodiles, deadly snakes, and crippling malaria, the Americans battled just to stay alive. And though they made contact with Malayan resistance fighters, they could never be sure their benefactors weren’t pulling them even deeper into danger…
In this harrowing true account, Major Humphrey’s son shares the extraordinary story of his father’s gruelling ordeal. Told in the first person, this highly personal narrative puts you inside the mind of a man fighting for his country while struggling to survive.
8 Miraculous Months in the Malayan Jungle is a gripping memoir about overcoming unexpected peril. If you like World War II heroes, incredible stories of courage, and inspirational reads, then you’ll love Donald “DJ” Humphrey II’s captivating biography of his father.
About the Author
Donald J. “DJ” Humphrey II is the son of Lt. Col. Donald J. Humphrey, a United States Army Air Force B-29 bomber pilot in World War II. DJ enjoyed writing in college, which likely helped him graduate as valedictorian of his class with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. His education and experiences prepared him for this unique opportunity to write his father’s fascinating true story of survival, faith, and salvation.
Now retired after a 30-year career as a real estate broker, DJ had the time to write his father’s book. He hopes his father is looking down from heaven with a proud and pleased smile, knowing that his son finally wrote the book he had always wanted to be written and published.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book, 8 Miraculous Months in the Malayan Jungle: A WWII Pilot’s True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival, What is it about?
A true story
B-29 Pilot Major Donald Humphrey evades a Japanese Army’s 8-month pursuit for revenge by way of a horrific Malayan jungle 800-mile hide-and-seek trek. Malay natives, Sakai tribes, and the Communist Chinese Anti-Jap Army help him survive the chase.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, 8 Miraculous Months in the Malayan Jungle: A WWII Pilot’s True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival, is it directed at any particular market?
The buyer demographic is 45-65+ yrs. of age. People who are interested in true and inspirational WWII survival stories will love this book. Many of the Amazon book reviews say that they read the book in one day. They couldn’t put it down. The book also gives the reader some interesting historical information about Malaya and the people there during WWII. Here is an Amazon review that might help:
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT book and story
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
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.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
I like all of his books, but The Old Man and the Sea is my favorite. It’s a simple story about a man and a fish. But Hemingway has a unique way of turning a simple story into a very meaningful, life learning experience.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Keep on keeping on and write from the heart.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, and your book, 8 Miraculous Months in the Malayan Jungle: A WWII Pilot’s True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
The book’s website is https://djhincpub.com/