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16 Aug 1937
  • Mugford was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 11 Japanese G3M bombers attacked a Chinese airfield near Nanjing, China. Fighters of Chinese 17th and 28th Pursuit Squadrons shot down 3 Japanese bombers; the Chinese lost 3 fighters in the engagement. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft attacked Chinese positions at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Yuan Baokang, flying a Hawk III fighter, claimed an E8N floatplane over Shanghai, China as his first victory. However, Japanese records showed no such loss on this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Arthur Chin, flying a Hawk II fighter, damaged the Japanese bomber piloted by Lieutenant Osugi (Osugi would be forced to land in Korea due to damage) but was in turn damaged. He made a successful emergency landing in a field near Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wong Sun-sui, flying a P-26 fighter, damaged a Japanese G3M bomber between Nanjing and Suzhou, China, but could not finish off the bomber due to electrical failures that rendered his weapons useless. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The American Adviser on Political Relations sent a memo to the US Secretary of State Cordell Hull requesting further reinforcements for the US 4th Marine Regiment in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [CPC]

16 Aug 1937 Interactive Map

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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