The huge stone statue of Buddha smiled…
Beside it on this remote Burmese hillside lay the smoking wreckage of a Japanese transport plane, with an injured general inside, and a complete set of plans for their invasion of India. From every point of the compass Japanese search parties came to hunt for the wreck. And so did Ian Murdoch - a young Hurricane pilot who'd made the biggest mistake of his career in shooting down the Japanese plane instead of forcing it to land at the British base. Now he had only four men and his own luck and courage to make good on his mistake.
As is common with many of the books from Commando's earliest years, this tale is pretty hard-hitting. There's seems to be something about jungle tales that bring out an extra grittiness to the writing.
A jungle story, you may well ask?
Yes. Although Ken Barr's cover is stunning, it's perhaps slightly misleading. Apart from the first handful of pages, this adventure takes place firmly on the ground - and in the terrifying heat of the jungle. Hurricane ace is a tough read, yes, but it's worth it.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 166 (June 1965) and was re-issued as No 791 (November 1973).