Escape from Hanoi

Seventy-six years ago today, on November 23, 1944, the 11th Bomb Squadron reported B-25H 43-4601 and its crew of five missing on a counter-shipping sweep over the Gulf of Tonkin. What followed was an incredible tale of survival, intrigue, and secret agents in wartime Vietnam. The colonial authorities in Hanoi had aligned themselves with the…

Review of Flying Tiger Ace by Carl Molesworth

I would like to commend Carl Molesworth on his outstanding new book about Flying Tiger ace Bill Reed. Reed resigned his commission in the U.S. Army Air Forces to serve in Claire Chennault’s famed American Volunteer Group—the original Flying Tigers—in 1941 and ‘42 and later returned to China as a squadron commander in the Chinese-American…

Review of Bold Venture, by Steven Bailey

Bold Venture, by Steven Bailey, is an interesting and engaging narrative about U.S. air operations against Hong Kong during World War II. Bottom line: I think it is worth a read, but not if it is the first or only book you read on this subject. Bailey looks at the American attacks and compares them…

China: AUG 4, 2017

After arriving in Shanghai on the 3rd, Kun Shi and I traveled west by high-speed rail to Changsha. The station was enormous! This was my first experience with high-speed rail and it was pretty awesome. We glided along at 305kph through the rugged mountains of Jiangxi Province and it made it easy to see why the…

Review of Double Ace, by Robert Coram

In Double Ace, Robert Coram does an incredible job spinning a fascinating tale about Brigadier General Robert L. Scott, Jr., one of America’s more controversial heroes of World War II. To his credit, Coram paints the picture of a complicated man whose tall tales stretched (or sometimes completely ignored) the truth. The warmth of Scott’s…

Book Review: Nanjing 1937 by Peter Harmsen

In Nanjing 1937, Peter Harmsen follows up his spectacular book about the Battle of Shanghai by describing Nationalist China’s subsequent retreat west and effort to defend their capital. In this new book, Harmsen demonstrates the campaign leading up to the capture of Nanjing as featuring prominently in Chiang Kai-shek’s plans to gain international sympathy for…

Book Review: Eyes of the Tiger by Arthur Clark

Arthur Clark has written a unique and fascinating memoir of his time in India and China during World War II. His journal entries and memories reveal a keen eye not just for the war, but for the people, societies, and geography he found himself around. In addition to detailing the operations of his reconnaissance squadron…

National Archives Footage of Air Support at Tengchong

Check out this National Archives footage, which shows American fighter planes from the 14th Air Force “Flying Tigers” bombing targets near Tengchong in southwest China during World War II. It also shows C-47s dropping supplies to Chinese troops.

P-51s at Longling

Check out this National Archives footage of P-51s dive-bombing Japanese positions near Longling, China, in January 1945. Look for Famine, Sword, and Fire: The Liberation of Southwest China in World War II available July 28, 2015! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkT1k21ldco