Tag Archives: Outtakes from China’s Wings

Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: the final disintegration

Harold Bixby’s last ditch efforts to save the CNAC partnership, August 1937. His wranglings with CNAC’s Chinese leadership and with United States neutrality legislation. Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: Moon Chin’s wife cheats death

Moon Chin’s wife cheats death escaping Shanghai clinging to the outside of a train in August, 1937… Just as she fell, an anonymous arm grabbed her arm and hauled her through the nearest window to safety. Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: one DC-2 gets wrecked & Moon Chin saves another

The China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) fleeing the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai in August, 1937. This episode details the wreck of one of CNAC’s DC-2s–and how Moon Chin saved another. Continue reading

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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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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: what happened to Donald Wong after he was hit by “friendly” machineguns

Continuation of the stories of the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) fleeing Shanghai at the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai, August 1937. This one recounts Donald Wong’s experiences after he was shot up by “firiendly” anti-aircraft fire in Nanking. Continue reading

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How a bomb dropped in 1937 complicated my life, 2004-2012

Continued from this post about Ernie and Florence Allison at the outbreak of war in Shanghai, August 1937… A flight of Japanese warplanes roared across the city and bombed Lunghwa and Huanjao airfields.[i] Fearing the worst, Ernie Allison rushed from … Continue reading

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Shanghai, August 1937: Ernie and Florence Allison at the outbreak of war

Shanghai, August, 1937: Allison grabbed his binoculars and dashed to the veranda to watch the dogfights. Florence begged him to come inside, but Allie couldn’t tear himself from the action. A tremendous explosion shook the building… Continue reading

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Moon Chin’s first air raid, part II

Nanking, August 15, 1937: The bomber peeled from formation and banked toward them. It leveled out and bore in at two-hundred feet, targeting the Generalissimo’s hanger. Moon could see straight into the airplane’s plexiglas nose, where the bombardier… Continue reading

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Moon Chin’s first air raid, part I

What happened to some of the CNAC pilots during the dark days of August, 1937, when a colossal battle between Japan and China erupted in Shanghai. Continue reading

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