Category Archives: 1930s and 1940s history

Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: Tensions in the partnership threaten to tear the airline apart

Fleeing the Battle of Shanghai, August 1937: the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) was in bad shape–tensions in the Sino-American partnership threaten to tear the company apart. Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 16 & 17, 1937: Evacuating CNAC’s wives and children

Wives and children of CNAC’s American personnel flee the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai, August 17, 1937. Continue reading

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Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

An entertaining and engrossing read, Frozen in Time brings to light yet another forgotten World War II story. Continue reading

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Color film of New York in 1939

Here’s a wonderful 2:50 minute film made by a French tourist in New York in 1939 — and it’s in color! (Great soundtrack, too.) Cars, dresses, hats, suspenders, elevated railways, Harlem, and more, it ends with a great pan of … Continue reading

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The Hindenburg Disaster

Moon Chin, one of China’s Wings main supporting characters, told me about the huge impression seeing the Graf Zeppelin over Baltimore made on him when he was a boy. Here’s an incredible run of Hindenburg photos published on The Atlantic’s … Continue reading

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DC-2 Photo Gallery

a gallery of photos honoring the Douglas DC-2 in China, where it served with the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) from 1935-1942. Continue reading

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Ghosts of WWII

Here’s an article about the Ghosts of War project operated by Dutch historian Jo Teeuwisse in which he blends photos taken during the Second World War with photos taken on the same spot today. Enjoy — it’s fascinating stuff! It’s … Continue reading

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Video of a WWII bomb detonation in Munich — last week

Ever wonder how much damage a 550-pound bomb did during the Second World War? Well, last week, workers discovered one on the site of an old bar in Munich. It had a chemical fuse that couldn’t be defused, so bomb … Continue reading

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Now I know

Solving one of the mysteries left in China’s Wings… Continue reading

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China’s Wings: Chinese Civil War pics 6

Photos of China and flying in China in the late 1940s Continue reading

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