Wings for an Embattled China

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Lehigh University Press, 2001 - History - 389 pages
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This book tells of the difficulties of setting up and operating a joint Chinese-American airline, China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) in the 1930s and 1940s in a China beset by internal conflicts and an expanding war with Japan. Bond's personal stories of the evacuations of Shanghai and Hankow, and of the successful but heartbreaking CNAC evacuation of Hong Kong are truly memorable. The book looks at the forces that shaped China in the early-to-mid twentieth century, and chronicles Bond's interactions with notables including Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Generals Claire Lee Chennault, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall.
 

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Contents

Prologue
15
Chosen for China
19
Tragedies Takeovers and Triumphs
65
Getting Acquainted with Pan Am and a Lady Named Kitsi
101
The SinoJapanese War Begins
128
Rebuilding an Airline in the Midst of a Widening War
165
Comparative Quiet and a Personal Crisis
202
Adventure on the Burma Road
240
CNAC Feels the Full Fury of War
282
Flying The Hump
313
Epilogue
345
Appendix
385
Index
386
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