8 Jan 1938

  • In the morning, 13 Japanese Navy E8N floatplanes attacked Nanning, Guangxi Province, China; five Japanese-built Nakajima Type 91-1 parasol monoplane fighters of Chinese 32nd Pursuit Squadron attempted to intercept, but three of them would be shot down, and one of the Chinese pilots would be killed by gunfire while descending in his parachute. In the afternoon, another attack was mounted with 14 E8N floatplanes; the Chinese managed to shoot down one Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Nanning Airfield | Nanning, Guangxi | CPC]
24 Nov 1939

  • Japanese 5th Division captured Nanning, Guangxi Province, China. ww2dbase [Nanning, Guangxi | CPC]
19 Dec 1939

27 Dec 1939

  • Arthur Chin, flying a Gladiator fighter, escorted three SB-2 bombers (flown by Soviet volunteer crews) in a mission against Japanese positions near Kunlun Pass near Nanning, Guangxi Province, China. He shot down a Japanese A5M fighter which was attacking Lieutenant Chen Yexin's I-15bis fighter, but he was in turn hit by another A5M fighter. He successfully bailed out of his burning fighter, but not before he suffered serious burns to his face. ww2dbase [Arthur Chin | Nanning, Guangxi | CPC]
31 Dec 1939

  • Chinese declared victory at Kunlun Pass 59 kilometers northeast of Nanning, Guangxi Province, China, although the remnants of Japanese troops trapped in the region would not capitulate until mid-Jan 1940. ww2dbase [Winter Offensive | Nanning, Guangxi | CPC]
5 Apr 1944

  • 26 Japanese A6M Zero fighters of the Sanya Kokutai and the Kaiko Kokutai based in Hainan, China attacked Nanning, Guangxi, China, destroying 2 B-25 bombers and 3 P-40 fighters on the ground and shooting down 7 P-40 fighters in the air. 8 A6M fighters were lost. ww2dbase [Nanning Airfield | Nanning, Guangxi | 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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