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Nov 14 14 3:05 AM
My apologies to readers for the length of my webpages on the link that Dan forwarded for my Locating
Loiwing. In it, I have tried to present everything possibly relevant that I have, and
that I'm aware of to this point in time, in order to allow readers a maximum
opportunity to troubleshoot my ideas. As you will note if you look it over, the presentation is very heavy on images; and perhaps selfishly, I didn't want to go to the trouble of uploading them all to this Forum, so I used my own website. In addition, keeping my presentation under my control (and responsibility) will allow me to update and correct as necessary over time --- that is, if the presentation is found credible, of course. I confess that my knowledge of the Flying
Tigers and Loiwing is not my strongpoint, so, if you are aware of additional supporting
or conflicting facts, please pass them to this Forum thread.
Dec 7 14 11:28 AM
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Dec 8 14 5:08 PM
Thanks for posting the images, Dan.
Indefatigable?? If you only knew...if you only knew. Perhaps if I visited Loiwing I could study Chinese qigong (energy healing)!
The date this imagery was flown is January 29th, 1944, long after the Japanese arrived.
I made one mistake in posting the images to you. The Suili airfield photo should be flipped 180 degrees so that northward (not exactly north!) is UP. The CAMCO factory complex/airfield alignment is correct: north is at top.
A tip of the hat to Hak for his painstaking research, which lit a fire under me. I knew the National Archives could verify Hak's solution to the "Loiwing Mystery" once and for all, and it has. The two airfields are covered in great detail in surviving photo recon imagery.
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N23°53.93' E97°37.4' (N23°53'56"
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In July1939, Loiwing Central Aviation Manufacture Company started production, test fly track of Loiwing CAMCO completed at the same time. In May 1939,the Government Aviation Committee also ordered to build another airport near Loiwing, it was called Nanshan Airport. Loiwing and Nanshan straightline distance was only few kilometers away. (Nanshan Airport was also called Field of Ruili [variously spelled] flying.) Nanshan Airport was completed in October 1941,the main runway was 1900 meters long,300 meters wide, deputy [secondary] runway was 1200 meters long and 100 meters wide, had 38 aircraft shelters. Northeast of airport patron, open on three sides, good drainage, underground oil drums, warehouse,etc.. In the war against Japanese aggression, it was the second largest airport in Yunnan.
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Here is an amazing photo of the Loiwing (Suili) airfield being bombed on March 3, 1944. Loiwing was then of course in Japanese hands. The attackers were B-24 Liberators from the 436th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Group, 10th Air Force, based in India. What looks like pitch-perfect aim was actually not so splendid, unless the intent was really to destroy the auxiliary runway (SW-NE) instead of the main landing area (NW-SE). You can also make out some of the U-shaped aircraft berms that can still be seen on Google Earth today.
The full-size image can be seen on the Fold3 website at http://www.fold3.com/image/29017621/
A tip of the virtual hat to Hak Hakanson in Thailand for more of his meticulous poring through long-ignored files. This photo has been on the internet for eight years!
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