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The Airmen and the Headhunters

Season 9 Episode 2 | 52m 41s

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In 1944, a U.S. bomber was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire, and the crew ejected and parachuted into the wilderness. They were taken in and protected by members of the Dayak tribe - the "wild men of Borneo," who were infamous for their custom of hunting and smoking enemy heads. Months later, the airmen were found by an eccentric British Major who devised an ingenious plan to rescue the men.

Aired: 11/10/09 | Expired: 12/14/15 | Rating: TV-PG

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