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16 Apr 1923

Photo(s) dated 16 Apr 1923
Crown Prince Hirohito at Taihoku (Taipei) Station, Taiwan, 16 Apr 1923Civilians gathering for Crown Prince HirohitoCrown Prince Hirohito at Taihoku Station, Taiwan, 16 Apr 1923Taihoku Station during Crown Prince Hirohito
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17 Apr 1923

Taiwan Photo(s) dated 17 Apr 1923
Crown Prince Hirohito visiting the Office of the Governor General, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 17 Apr 1923Crown Prince Hirohito at Meiji Bridge, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 17 Apr 1923Crown Prince Hirohito at the Taiwan Grand Shrine, Taihoku (Taipei), Taiwan, 17 Apr 1923Taiwanese children gathering to welcome Crown Prince Hirohito at the Governor-General
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18 Apr 1923

Taiwan
  • Crown Prince Hirohito visited Taiwan Institute of Research, Taihoku Normal School, Taihe Elementary School, Taiwan Army headquarters, Taiwan High Court, Taihoku No. 1 Middle School, and Taiwan Medical School in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Showa | Taihoku | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Apr 1923
Taiwanese cultural performance for Crown Prince Hirohito, Taihoku, Taiwan, 18 Apr 1923Aboriginal dancers performing for Crown Prince Hirohito, Taihoku, Taiwan, 18 Apr 1923Crown Prince Hirohito in Taihoku, Taiwan, 18 Apr 1923Crown Prince Hirohito at Taiwan Medical School, Taihoku, Taiwan, 18 Apr 1923
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24 Apr 1923

Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1923
Sports convention held in honor of Crown Prince HirohitoSports convention held in honor of Crown Prince HirohitoCrown Prince Hirohito at Taiwan Prefecture Museum, Taihoku, Taiwan, 24 Apr 1923
26 Apr 1923

Taiwan
  • Crown Prince Hirohito visited Taiwan Army 1st Infantry Regiment headquarters, a government-run tobacco and alcohol plant, Taihoku No. 1. Girls High School, Taihoku Butokuden, Taihoku No. 3 Girls High School, and a sports convention in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Showa | Taihoku | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Apr 1923
Sports convention held in honor of Crown Prince HirohitoCrown Prince Hirohito planting a tree at the Taiwan Army 1st Infantry Regiment headquarters, Taihoku, Taiwan, 26 Apr 1923Crown Prince Hirohito inspecting Taiwan Army 1st Infantry Regiment headquarters, Taihoku, Taiwan, 26 Apr 1923
23 Nov 1932

Taiwan
  • The construction for Taihoku City Hall began in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan under the direction of chief engineer Kaoru Ide. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
30 Mar 1936

Taiwan
1 Apr 1936

Taiwan
  • Japan Air Transport's Fukuoka-Naha-Taihoku air route began, transporting passengers between southern Japan, Okinawa, and Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
26 Nov 1936

Taiwan
  • The consturction of the Taihoku City Hall in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan was completed. It had cost 980,000 yen to build. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
23 Feb 1938

Taiwan
  • 40 SB bombers of the Soviet Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force took off from Hankou, Hubei Province, China (28 bombers, all Soviet crews) and Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China (12 bombers, mixed Soviet and Chinese crews) to attack Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. Only the 28 bombers from Hankou reached the target area; those from Nanchang turned back after failing to identify the target due to cloud cover. Having arrived without being detected, the crews turned off their engines and glided with stealth, releasing over 200 bombs at high altitude. The crews reported 40 Japanese aircraft destroyed on the group, while Japanese reports noted 12 aircraft destroyed. A number of hangars and fuel tanks were also destroyed or damaged. Song Meiling (Madam Chiang Kaishek) hosted a victory banquet after the Soviet airmen returned to China. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
14 Nov 1942

Taiwan
  • The Taihoku Prisoners of War Camp No. 6 near Taihoku (now Taipei) was opened; on the same day, British prisoners of war from Singapore arrived on Taiwan via Kirun (now Keelung), destined for this camp. ww2dbase [Taihoku Prisoner of War Camp No 6 | Taihoku | CPC]
2 Mar 1944

Photo(s) dated 2 Mar 1944
Aerial view of Matsuyama Airfield, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 2 Mar 1944Aerial view of Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 2 Mar 1944, photo 1 of 2Aerial view of Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 2 Mar 1944, photo 2 of 2
12 Oct 1944

Taiwan Photo(s) dated 12 Oct 1944
Matsuyama Airfield, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan under attack by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill, 12 Oct 1944, photo 1 of 3Matsuyama Airfield, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan under attack by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill, 12 Oct 1944, photo 2 of 3Matsuyama Airfield, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan under attack by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill, 12 Oct 1944, photo 3 of 3Interrogation transcript of Taihoku Prison captive Airman First Class Frederick McCreary of US Navy, mid to late Oct 1944
23 Oct 1944

Taiwan
  • A passenger aircraft crashed near the Taiwan Grand Shrine on Yuanshan Mountain in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, destroying a torii gate and other important structures of the shrine. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
  • A Japanese passenger transport plane that had just taken off from Matsuyama Airfield (now Songshan Airport) in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan lost control and crashed atop the mountain where the Taiwan Grand Shrine was located. The accident and resulting fires destroyed the Torii ceremonial archway, stone toro lanterns, and other structures. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
24 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1944
Interrogation transcript of Taihoku Prison captive Lieutenant Harwood Sharp of US Navy, late Oct 1944Interrogation transcript of Taihoku Prison captive Airman First Class James Langiotti of US Navy, late Oct 1944
6 Dec 1944

Taiwan
  • The Taihoku Prisoners of War Camp No. 5 near Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
2 Mar 1945

Taiwan
  • US B-24, B-25, and A-20 aircraft attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
12 Apr 1945

Taiwan
  • Avenger aircraft from HMS Victorious attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei) and shipping off Tamsui in northern Taiwan; Sub-Lieutenant Daniel McAleese was shot down, rescued, but would later die of his wounds. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Victorious | Taihoku | CPC]
13 Apr 1945

Taiwan
  • Avenger aircraft from HMS Victorious attacked Matsuyama Arifield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, damaging runways, and barracks; one ammunition dump or oil storage tank exploded. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Victorious | Taihoku | CPC]
  • Avenger aircraft from HMS Victorious, en route back to the carrier after attacking Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), strafed 12 aircraft on the ground at Giran Airfield in northeastern Taiwan; actual damage caused by the strafing was unknown. ww2dbase [Giran Airfield | Victorious | Taihoku | CPC]
16 Apr 1945

Taiwan
  • US B-24 and P-51 aircraft attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
5 May 1945

Taiwan
6 May 1945

Taiwan
17 May 1945

Taiwan
  • B-24 bombers of US 380th Bomb Group attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
29 May 1945

Taiwan
  • 14 of the 25 captured US Army and US Navy airmen imprisoned at the Taihoku Prison in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan were sentenced to death by firing squad; the execution was to be carried out on 19 Jun 1945 ww2dbase [Taihoku Prison | Taihoku | CPC]
31 May 1945

Taiwan
  • 117 B-24 bombers of US 15th Air Force attacked Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan between 1000 and 1300 hours nearly without stop, dropping about 3,800 bombs. US air crews reported minimal Japanese fighter defense. Taihoku General Government Building suffered a direct hit, rendering it unusable until after the war. The anti-aircraft position in present day Sanzhong District of New Taipei City, Taihoku General Government building, residence of the Assistant Governor-General, Taihoku Raiway Hotel, Army Headquarters building, Taihoku Imperial University, Taihoku Train Station, Bank of Taiwan, Taihoku High Court, Taihoku Park, Taihoku First Girls' High School, Longshan Temple (main building and left corridor were damaged, destroying many precious artifacts), Penglai Catholic Church (used by civilians as an air raid shelter; it was completely destroyed), Huashan Catholic Church, and many other military, government, and civilian structures were damaged or destroyed. About 3,000 were killed, tens of thousands were made homeless. This was the largest US raid on the city during WW2. ww2dbase [Taihoku General Government Building | Taihoku | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 31 May 1945
Japanese anti-aircraft position in Taihoku (now Sanzhong District, New Taipei City), Taiwan under B-24 attack, 31 May 1945Taihoku General Government Building (near bottom of photograph) under aerial attack, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 31 May 1945
17 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 17 Jun 1945
Aerial view of Taihoku Prison in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, 17 Jun 1945
19 Jun 1945

Taiwan
  • 14 US Army and US Navy airmen were executed at Taihoku Prison in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan in the early morning. They were found guilty of "indiscriminate bombing" of civilians of Taiwan. Their remains were cremated and their ashes placed a local shrine. ww2dbase [Taihoku Prison | Taihoku | CPC]
7 Jul 1945

Taiwan
18 Jul 1945

Taiwan
9 Aug 1945

Taiwan
12 Aug 1945

Taiwan
  • US B-24 bombers from Okinawa, Japan attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
18 Aug 1945

Taiwan
  • Subhash Chandra Bose boarded a Japanese passenger aircraft at Matsuyama Airfield (now Songshan Airport) at Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan for a trip to Japan. The aircraft crashed immediately after takeoff and Bose was seriously burned. He was rushed to a military hospital near the airfield, but the doctors were not able to save him. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Subhash Chandra Bose | Taihoku | CPC]
27 Aug 1945

Taiwan
  • The Maruyama Temporary Prisoners of War Camp in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan was opened. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
5 Sep 1945

Taiwan
  • USMC Major Dick Johnson, flying a TBM-3 Avenger aircraft, landed at Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. He was the first US airman to arrive on Taiwan after the cease of hostilities. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Sep 1945
USMC Major Dick JohnsonUSMC Major Dick JohnsonTwo TBM-3 aircraft of US Navy squadron VT-26 at Matsuyama Airfield, Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan, early Sep 1945
9 Sep 1945

Taiwan
  • The Maruyama Temporary Prisoners of War Camp in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
10 Oct 1954

Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1954
Chiang Kaishek, Sun Liren, and others at the Presidential Office Building, Taipei, Taiwan, 10 Oct 1954
18 Jun 1960

Photo(s) dated 18 Jun 1960
Dwight Eisenhower speaking in front of the Presidential Building, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 18 Jun 1960
10 Oct 1966

Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1966
President Chiang Kaishek during the National Day parade, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 10 Oct 1966
6 Nov 2006

Photo(s) dated 6 Nov 2006
Presidential Office Building, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 5 Nov 2006, photo 1 of 3Presidential Office Building, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 5 Nov 2006, photo 2 of 3Presidential Office Building, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 5 Nov 2006, photo 3 of 3

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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