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28 Jul 1937

China
  • The Central Aviation Academy was ordered to relocate from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China to Kunming Airfield, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Kunming Airfield | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
1 Apr 1938

China
  • Chiang Kaishek took personal command of the Chinese Central Aviation Academy at Kunming Airfield, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, relieving Lieutenant General Chen Qingyun. ww2dbase [Kunming Airfield | Chiang Kaishek | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
10 Mar 1940

China
  • Zang Xilan graduated from advanced flight training in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Zang Xilan | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
18 Dec 1941

China
20 Dec 1941

China
23 Dec 1941

China
16 Feb 1942

China
  • Six 1st American Volunteer Group pilots departed Kunming, Yunnan Province, China for Calcutta, India aboard a DC-3 passenger aircraft to pick up P-40E fighters being delivered to them, currently in Africa. ww2dbase [Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
22 Mar 1942

China
  • The first four P-40E fighters for the 1st American Volunteer Group arrived in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
23 May 1942

Photo(s) dated 23 May 1942
AVG squadron flight leader Robert
27 Jan 1943

China
1 Feb 1943

Photo(s) dated 1 Feb 1943
Chinese and American armorers checking the guns on a Curtiss P-40E Warhawk of the 74th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group at Kunming, China, 1 Feb 1943
28 Apr 1943

China
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a P-40 fighter over Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, his 35th victory. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
15 May 1943

China
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down four P-40 fighters over Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, increasing his score to 40. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
1 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 1 Sep 1944
P-40 Warhawk fighter
23 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 23 Sep 1944
US soldiers instructing Chinese soldiers on the use of a 60-mm mortar at the Kunming Infantry School, Yunnan Province, China, 23 Sep 1944
25 Nov 1944

China
  • He Yingqin was named the commanding officer of all ground troops in the China War Area, with headquarters in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. In this role he was responsible for all actions in southwestern China. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
5 Feb 1945

China
  • The first Allied supply convoy from Ledo, India to successfully cross the Burmese-Chinese border on 29 Jan 1945 arrived in Kunming Airfield, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Kunming Airfield | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
11 Aug 1945

China
12 Aug 1945

China
29 Sep 1945

China
  • Du Yuming established a field headquarters north of Kunming, Yunnan Province, China for the upcoming campaign against General Long Yun. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
30 Sep 1945

China
  • The Chenggong Airfield in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China ceased operations. ww2dbase [Chenggong Airfield | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
  • Du Yuming gave the order to launch a surprise attack against General Long Yun in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, forcing Long to flee to the high ground at Wuhua Mountain, where he would soon surrender. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
16 Oct 1945

China
  • Du Yuming was relieved as the commanding officer of Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
6 Sep 1949

China
  • Lu Han hosted Chiang Kaishek for lunch at his home in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China; Chiang met with several high ranking officials at Lu's home before departing for Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Lu Han | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
22 Feb 1950

Photo(s) dated 22 Feb 1950
Lu Han speaking at the ceremony welcoming in communist troops, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, 22 Feb 1950
1 Apr 1967

China
  • Sun Du passed away in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China during the month of Apr 1967. ww2dbase [Sun Du | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]

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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