Tag Archives: Outtakes from China’s Wings

Evacuating Shanghai, August 1937

Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: first in a series of posts about how the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) and its people escaped the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai Continue reading

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“Goddamn it, I promised the wife I wouldn’t do this any more.”

it was a chicken or the egg conundrum as to who had arrived first, the pilots or the prostitutes… Continue reading

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“All right… but Mickey, why a limey?”

Her and Charles Boxer hadn’t made any announcement, but the the whole world must have noticed, because in the summer of 1941, Mickey’s condition was obvious. However, nobody had the gumption to mention the situation to her face. Continue reading

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Emily Hahn, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, China’s Wings, and The Boxer Uprising

Another hilarious Emily “Mikey” Hahn flavored outtake from the China’s Wings rough draft featuring Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, and some of the CNAC piilots in Hong Kong, 1941 Continue reading

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Emily Hahn and CNAC, aka The Hardest Cut, Part III

This is the third part of this story, and they ought to be read in order. Here’s Part I and Part II. The putrid ape smell didn’t fade from the apartment for weeks. Long before that happened, Woody learned Mickey … Continue reading

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Emily Hahn and CNAC, aka The Hardest Cut, Part II

(Continued from yesterday…) On the ground, Mickey Hahn crossed the harbor and took a room at the Gloucester Hotel on Peddar Street in Central Hong Kong, bought two new dresses, and reveled in the abundant hot water steaming in her … Continue reading

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Emily Hahn and CNAC, aka The Hardest Cut, Part I

My favorite outtake from the China’s Wings manuscript Continue reading

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Another adventure in the Consolidated Commodore

None of his passengers got so much as a scratch, and CNAC’s sole surviving Loening Air Yacht retrieved them in relays to Hankow.
Recovering the stranded Commodore was a much larger problem… Continue reading

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CNAC and the Consolidated Commodore

CNAC desperately needed airplanes in late 1937, and Bond tipped Colonel Lam to the existence of two Pan Am Commodores languishing in Manila. Beginning in early 1938, CNAC used the Commodores to good effect plying the Yangtze above Hankow. Continue reading

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The lone flush toilet in Chungking

The toilet had no door, it faced the stairway, and Harold Bixby considered it “about as private as the information booth at Grand Central Station.” Continue reading

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