CHAPTER 27

A COUPLE of fifteen-hundredweight lorries stood by the camp gates, the bursting roar of their engines suggesting that when they finally debouched they would drag the rest of the camp with them. A drop in the noise, and the first one set off at a dangerous speed towards the village, ignored the policeman's stop-signal at the crossroads, and made for the flat monotonous belt of the Patani swamps.

Before the Dakota was pulled into a belly-dive by some concealed magnet of jungle-soil, its wireless operator had scraped out an SOS--ending his message by the continual buzz of a QTG so that its position was fixed with reasonable accuracy by the wide- awake operators in the DF huts at Kota Libis and Singapore. No message pip-squeaked out of the plane's emergency set after the crash, so it was uncertain whether anyone had survived. The DF bearings, plotted on Mercator's North Malaya, crossed on uninhabited terrain of dense forest, between Kedah and Perak.

Brian sat in the first lorry--the wire grid of the earphones

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  • Title Page v
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  • Part Two - Nimrod 51
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