Secrets of the Dead: The Airmen and the Headhunters
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Secrets of the Dead: The Airmen and the Headhunters

Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 p.m.

Discover a World War II survivor tale of lost U.S. soldiers and their unlikely rescuers.

In 1944, as war rages around the world, a U.S. bomber is hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. As the plane went down, the surviving crew ejected and parachuted into the wilderness. Pursued by the Japanese, the airmen were taken in and protected by members of the Dayak tribe -- the so-called "wild men of Borneo."

Mainly told by Dan Illerich, the last surviving airman; the original Dayaks (pictured at left); and the Australian commandoes who helped get the airmen out, the true story transports viewers deep into the heart of Borneo at the height of the Second World War, revealing fantastic tales of survival, bravery and ingenuity.