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10 Sep 1901

24 May 1904

  • Ding Delong was born in Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Ding Delong | Hunan | CPC]
30 May 1904

4 Aug 1906

10 Aug 1907

  • Su Yu was born in Fulong Village, Huitong County, Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Su Yu | Fulong, Hunan | CPC]
8 Jan 1924

  • Su Yu ran away from home. ww2dbase [Su Yu | Hunan | CPC]
18 Aug 1938

  • 3 Chinese Hawk 75 and 7 Chinese I-15 fighters intercepted 27 Japanese bombers over Hengyang, Hunan, China, shooting down 1 Japanese bomber and damaging another but losing 1 Hawk 75 fighter. The remaining two Hawk 75 fighters crashed while landing. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Hengyang, Hunan | CPC]
1 Oct 1938

  • The 16th Squadron of the Chinese 6th Bomber Air Group was converted to become a fighter squadron, flying Hawk 75 fighters. It was to be based out of Zhiqiang, Hunan, China. ww2dbase [P-36 Hawk | Zhiqiang, Hunan | CPC]
11 Oct 1938

  • Japanese troops captured Yueyang, Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Yueyang, Hunan | CPC]
10 Nov 1938

  • The defensive garrison at Changsha, Hunan Province, China organized special teams around the city, who task was to set designated buildings ablaze once given the signal. The goal of it was to deprive the Japanese the use of the city should it fall to the imminent Japanese attack. ww2dbase [Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
12 Nov 1938

  • Zhang Zhizhong, upon receiving inaccurate intelligence about approaching Japanese troops, gave the order to set fire to several key buildings in Changsha, Hunan Province, China to deprive the Japanese of use should they be captured. The fire grew out of control, causing extensive property damage and killing a number of civilians. This event would lead to his firing. ww2dbase [Zhang Zhizhong | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
13 Nov 1938

  • Failures in communications in the city of Changsha, Hunan Province, China led to the commencement of a scorched earth operation which was only suppose to take effect when the city was about to fall into Japanese hands. Fires were started at pre-arranged locations around the city, starting the Wenxi Fire that would burn for five days, killing 3,000 people and destroying a large number of buildings. ww2dbase [Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
17 Sep 1939

  • Japanese 101st Division (Lieutenant General Masatoshi Saito) and 106th Division (Lieutenant General Ryotaro Nakai), having recently captured strategic locations in Jiangxi Province, China as a preparation, began marching toward Changsha in the neighboring Hunan Province. Meanwhile, 3rd Division (Lieutenant General Shinichi Fujita), 6th Division (Lieutenant General Shiro Inaba), 13th Division (General Shizuichi Tanaka), and 33rd Division (Lieutenant General Shigetaro Amakasu) attacked targets in northern Hunan Province. In support of this attack, Japanese Navy's China Area Fleet dispatched 13th Gunboat Unit of 11th Battle Squadron, Shanghai Special Naval Landing Force, and 4th Guard Unit. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
19 Sep 1939

  • En route toward Changsha, Hunan Province, China, Japanese troops used poison gas against Chinese defensive positions along the Sinchiang River. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
23 Sep 1939

  • In Hunan Province, China, Japanese Army 6th Division crossed the Sinchiang River at dawn, followed by a similar crossing by another division at 0620 hours at Yingtian (now Miluo). Also on the same day, naval vessels landed Japanese Navy Shanghai Special Naval Landing Force and Japanese Army 3rd Division east of the city of Changsha. Surrounded on three sides, Chinese troops fell back to prevent encirclement, opening the way to Changsha. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
29 Sep 1939

  • Japanese troops reached the outskirts of Changsha, Hunan Province, China; the Japanese had thus far suffered 40,000 casualties on this assault. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
1 Oct 1939

4 Oct 1939

5 Oct 1939

  • In a downed aircraft, Chinese troops discovered General Yasuji Okamura's order calling off the offensive on Changsha, Hunan Province, China. Nearby, Chinese 23rd Division attacked a Japanese Navy anchorage at Yingtian (now Miluo), damaging several vessels. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Yingtian, Hunan | CPC]
6 Oct 1939

8 Oct 1939

  • Chinese 195th Division pursued the retreating Japanese troops in the Miluo River and Sinchiang River region in Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Hunan | CPC]
22 Sep 1941

Photo(s) dated 22 Sep 1941
Machine gun crew of Japanese 4th Division near Miluo River in Hunan Province, China, during Second Battle of Changsha, 22 or 23 Sep 1941
27 Sep 1941

  • Japanese troops in plain clothes infiltrated the north gate of the walled city of Changsha, Hunan Province, China, but failed to complete their sabotage mission. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
29 Dec 1941

31 Dec 1941

1 Jan 1942

4 Jan 1942

9 Jan 1942

  • Japanese troops began to fall back from Changsha, Hunan Province, China. A section of the evacuation was ambushed by Chinese troops at Luoyang River, causing heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Third Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
15 Jan 1942

7 May 1943

9 May 1943

  • In Hunan Province, China, Japanese troops captured Nan County and advanced toward Zhijiang and Yangxi. On the same day, also in Hunan Province, the Japanese began a three-day massacre of civilians in Changjiao; 30,000 were estimated to be killed. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | Hunan | CPC]
12 May 1943

  • Japanese troops crossed the Yangtze River near Baiyang, Hunan Province, China and attacked Chinese positions on the opposite shore. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | Baiyang, Hunan | CPC]
14 May 1943

15 May 1943

  • Japanese troops surrounded Chinese troops near Baiyang, Hunan Province, China, inflicting heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | Baiyang, Hunan | CPC]
19 May 1943

  • Japanese 3rd Corps gathered at Chayuansi, Hunan Province, China, preparing for a planned offensive. On the Chinese side, Chen Cheng, commanding officer of the Chinese 6th War Area, returned to the region and reassumed command. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | Chayuansi, Hunan | CPC]
29 Nov 1943

  • Gao Youxin, leading P-43A fighters of Chinese 21st Pursuit Squadron based in En-shih Airfield, escorted a supply run by P-40M fighters with drop tanks full of rifle ammunition for Changde, Hunan Province, China. During this mission, Gao veered off to attack a flight of Ki-43 bombers of Japanese 25th Sentai, claiming one shot down northeast of the village of Hanshou. ww2dbase [Gao Youxin | Changde, Hunan | CPC]
12 Jun 1944

  • In China, about 100 P-40 and P-51 fighters of the US 14th Air Force attacked Japanese vessels on Dongting Lake, docks and warehouses at Yuanjiang in Hunan Province, and troop concentrations in Changsha in Hunan Province. ww2dbase [Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
18 Jun 1944

  • In China, the strategic city of Changsha, 200 miles south of Hankou, fell to the Japanese, having successfully defied them three times before. ww2dbase [Operation Ichigo | Changsha, Hunan | CPC, AC]
26 Jun 1944

  • Japanese troops reached Hengyang, Hunan Province, China, site of an important US air base, but were checked by the 15,000-strong Chinese 10th Army supported by US 14th Air Force's B-25 Mitchell and P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft which made constant attacks on the Japanese supply lines. ww2dbase [Operation Ichigo | Hengyang, Hunan | AC]
29 Jul 1944

  • Leng Peishu, flying a P-40N fighter, shot down a Ki-43-II aircraft while attacking Yueyang, Hunan Province, China. His fighter was hit by ground fire, shattering the canopy, and his forehead was cut by shattered glass; the engine was also damaged. He crash landed in Hanshou County on the western edge of Dongting Lake and was given first aid by a Belgian Catholic priest. ww2dbase [Leng Peishu | Hunan | CPC]
3 Aug 1944

  • Gao Youxin, flying a P-40 Warhawk fighter, destroyed a Japanese aircraft on the ground at Henyang Airfield, Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Gao Youxin | Henyang, Hunan | CPC]
28 Aug 1944

  • 32 P-40 fighters of the US 14th Air Force (including several flown by Chinese pilots) attacked the Japanese airfield near Hengyang, Hunan, China. Ki-43 fighters of the Japanese 48th Sentai and Ki-84 fighters of the Japanese 22nd Sentai rose the intercept, shooting down 1 Chinese P-40 fighter and 3 American P-40 fighters; 6 Japanese fighters were lost. ww2dbase [Hengyang, Hunan | CPC]
29 Aug 1944

  • 13 Ki-84 fighters of Japanese 22nd Sentai and 16 Ki-43 fighters of Japanese 25th Sentai intercepted a formation of B-24 bombers escorted by P-40 and P-51 fighters of the US 14th Air Force near Yueyang, Hunan, China; 5 American fighters and 2 Japanese fighters were shot down in the engagement. ww2dbase [Yueyang, Hunan | CPC]
8 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 8 Sep 1944
Japanese bomber crew preparing bombs before a mission in Hunan Province, China, 8 Sep 1944; bomb on right of photo noted
12 Sep 1944

  • Two separate groups of the 5th Fighter Group of the Chinese-American Composite Wing engaged Japanese aircraft over Hunan Province, China. Several fighters on either side were lost. ww2dbase [Hunan | CPC]
11 Nov 1944

Photo(s) dated 11 Nov 1944
US pilot Donald Lopez, Sr. in the cockpit of a P-51C Mustang fighter, Zhijiang Airfield, Hunan Province, China, 11 Nov 1944
20 Aug 1945

  • He Yingqin arrived in Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China and met with China Expeditionary Army representative Takeo Imai to negotiate surrender terms. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | Zhijiang, Hunan | CPC]
21 Aug 1945

  • The first major Japanese surrender ceremony in China took place at the Zhijiang Airfield in Zhijiang County, Hunan Province at 1600 hours. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | Hunan | CPC]
  • Xiao Yisu accepted the Japanese surrender at Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, and for the following two weeks prepared for the main surrender to be taken place in the capital of Nanjing. ww2dbase [Xiao Yisu | Zhijiang, Hunan | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Aug 1945
Lieutenant General Xiao Yisu speaking with the local Japanese surrender delegation, Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, 21 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 2Wang Yaowu, Lu Han, Zhang Fakui, He Yingqin, Tang Enbo, Du Yuming, Xiao Yisu, and an unidentified high ranking US Army officer after the surrender ceremony in Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, 21 Aug 1945Lieutenant General Xiao Yisu speaking with the local Japanese surrender delegation, Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China, 21 Aug 1945, photo 2 of 2

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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