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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]
  • In Berlin, Germany, Colonel-General Ludwig Beck was forced to resign as Chief of the Army General Staff because of his consistent opposition to Adolf Hitler's decision to attack Czechosovakia. ww2dbase [Ludwig Beck | Berlin | AC]

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