1 Nov 1935

China
  • Han Deqin was assigned to the Military Committee in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Han Deqin | Chongqing | CPC]
18 Feb 1938

China
10 Aug 1938

China
  • American gunboat USS Luzon, with US Ambassador Nelson Johnson on board, arrived at Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
26 Dec 1938

China
7 Jan 1939

China
10 Jan 1939

China
4 May 1939

China
25 May 1939

China
5 Jun 1939

China
11 Jul 1939

China
24 Jul 1939

China
1 Aug 1939

China
  • The Chinese 18th Squadron was relocated to Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
3 Aug 1939

China
26 Aug 1939

China
  • Luo Yingde led three I-15bis fighters in a joint attack that brought down a Japanese G3M bomber over Chongqing, China after sundown, with the help of searchlights. ww2dbase [Luo Yingde | Chongqing | CPC]
8 May 1940

China
  • American river gunboat Tutuila ran aground on a reef and became stranded in the Yangtze River at Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
13 May 1940

China
  • American river gunboat Tutuila, stranded on a reef in the Yangtze River off Chongqing, China since 8 May, was refloated. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
20 May 1940

China
  • 24 G3M bombers of Japanese 13th Air Group attacked Liangshan Airfield in Chongqing, China in the morning at the altitude of 14,700 feet. They were intercepted by eight I-16 fighters of 24th Pursuit Squadron of Chinese Air Force 4th Pursuit Group. The Chinese fighters shot down a G3M bomber, damaged two others (Chinese pilots claimed these as kills but they were able to make it back to base), and shot down an accompanying Ki-15-II aircraft in an observation role. The Chinese lost two I-16 fighters, which were written off due to heavy damage. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Liangshan Airfield | Chongqing | CPC]
22 May 1940

China
  • Japanese bombers attacked Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Chongqing | CPC]
  • Two formations of Japanese G3M2 bombers, accompanied by three C5M reconnaissance aircraft (Navy version of Ki-15 aircraft), attacked Baishiyi Airfield in Chongqing, China. Four I-15bis and one I-16 fighters were caught by surprise and were destroyed on the ground; the Japanese had claimed 15 destroyed on the ground. ww2dbase [Baishiyi Airfield | Chongqing | CPC]
26 May 1940

China
  • 36 Japanese G3M2 Model 21 bombers, plus bombers of other types, and accompanied by three C5M reconnaissance aircraft (Navy's version of Ki-15 aircraft) attacked Chongqing, China. Lieutenant Yuan Chin-han, flying a Hawk III fighter, damaged a G3M2 Model 21 bomber over western Chongqing. Captain Chen Sheng-hsing and Lieutenant Gao Youxin, flying I-15bis fighters, shared the credit for downing another bomber. ww2dbase [Gao Youxin | Chongqing | CPC]
27 May 1940

China
28 May 1940

China
6 Jun 1940

China
10 Jun 1940

China
12 Jun 1940

China
16 Jun 1940

China
  • 114 Japanese aircraft attacked Chongqing, China after sundown; four I-16 fighters of Chinese 24th Pursuit Squadron rose to intercept, shooting down one bomber near Fuling County near the city, with one fighter shot down by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Chongqing | CPC]
4 Jul 1940

China
16 Jul 1940

China
  • 54 Japanese aircraft based in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China attacked Chongqing, China in two waves; 31 Chinese fighters (I-15bis, I-16, and Hawk III models) rose to intercept, claiming damage on several bombers. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Chongqing | CPC]
28 Jul 1940

China
11 Aug 1940

China
  • 1940-08-11 90 Japanese bombers attacked Chongqing, China. Major Cheng Shao-yu led five others in I-15bis fighters in deploying an innovative new weapon. They dropped time-used 22-pound parachute bombs over the Japanese formation. Although the bombers were unharmed, the confusion caused by the unexpected explosions in the middle of the formation caused several bombers to break away, and one G3M bomber was subsequently shot down by the few fighters that the Chinese was able to scramble. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
19 Aug 1940

China
  • Twelve A6M2 Model 11 Zero fighters escorted fifty four G3M2 Type 96 bombers on a mission against the Chinese city of Chongqing; this was the first combat mission of the Zero fighter. ww2dbase [A6M Zero | Chongqing | CPC]
13 Sep 1940

China
  • 13 Zero fighters escorted bombers on a mission to raid Chongqing, China; the Zero fighters downed 27 of the Chinese I-15 and I-16 Russian-made fighters. ww2dbase [A6M Zero | Chongqing | CPC]
  • 27 Japanese G3M bombers, escorted by 13 A6M Zero fighters, attacked Chongqing, China; the Chinese scrambled nine I-16 and 25 I-15bis fighters. Three A6M fighters were damaged in this engagement, one of which was credited to Lieutenant Gao Youxin in an I-15bis fighter. ww2dbase [Gao Youxin | Chongqing | CPC]
14 Sep 1940

Photo(s) dated 14 Sep 1940
Japanese Ki-21 bomber dropping bombs on Chongqing, China, China, 14 Sep 1940; note Yangtze River
15 Sep 1940

China
5 Jun 1941

China
  • Japanese aircraft flew more than 20 sorties against Chongqing, China over a 3-hour period, dropping bombs on civilian sections of the city. In the Jiaochangkou air raid shelter tunnel, more than 1,000 Chinese died from asphyxiation. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Chongqing | CPC]
15 Jun 1941

China
24 Jun 1941

China
29 Jun 1941

China
14 Nov 1941

Photo(s) dated 14 Nov 1941
Civilian sitting at the entrance of an air raid shelter, Chongqing, China, 14 Nov 1941Air raid shelter with gated entrance, Chongqing, China, 14 Nov 1941Air raid shelter occupied by a tanner, Chongqing, China, 14 Nov 1941
17 Nov 1941

Photo(s) dated 17 Nov 1941
Chairman Lin Sen arriving at the Second Plenary Session of the National Political Council, Chongqing, China, 17 Nov 1941Unidentified Chinese official arriving at the Second Plenary Session of the National Political Council, Chongqing, China, 17 Nov 1941Admiral Chen Shaokuan arriving at the Second Plenary Session of the National Political Council, Chongqing, China, 17 Nov 1941Foreign diplomats arriving at the Second Plenary Session of the National Political Council, Chongqing, China, 17 Nov 1941
See all photos dated 17 Nov 1941
15 Feb 1942

Photo(s) dated 15 Feb 1942
Lunar New Year parade, Chongqing, China, 15 Feb 1942; note mounted officers and portraits of Dr. Sun Yatsen, Chairman Lin Sen, and Premier Chiang KaishekLunar New Year parade, Chongqing, China, 15 Feb 1942; note portraits of Dr. Sun Yatsen, Chairman Lin Sen, and Premier Chiang KaishekLunar New Year parade, Chongqing, China, 15 Feb 1942; note unidentified motorcycleLunar New Year parade, Chongqing, China, 15 Feb 1942; note Chinese and American national flags on float, Nationalist Party flag behind utility pole, Nationalist Party flags behind float
See all photos dated 15 Feb 1942
1 Apr 1942

China
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Chongqing, China, threatening to resign his post as Chiang's chief of staff over Chinese field commanders' insubordination. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
4 May 1942

China
26 May 1942

China
  • Milton Miles and his group departed Chongqing, China by trucks toward the coast. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
3 Jun 1942

China
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Chongqing, China. Later on the same day, Stilwell met with Chiang Kaishek who urged for more Lend-Lease supplies; in the same meeting, Stilwell asked Chiang to purge the Chinese officer corps of those responsible for the recent poor performance in Burma. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
29 Jun 1942

China
  • James Doolittle was awarded the Order of the Cloud and Banner 3rd Class of the Republic of China by Song Meiling. ww2dbase [James Doolittle | Chongqing | CPC]
7 Aug 1942

China
  • Joseph Stilwell departed Chongqing, China for Delhi, India via Assam in northeastern India. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
7 Sep 1942

China
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Chongqing, China; later on the same day he met with Song Meiling. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
21 Sep 1942

China
  • Joseph Stilwell had dinner with the Chiang household and shared photographs of the Chinese troop training at Ramgarh, India. In Stilwell's diary entry for the day, he noted that he was able to converse with Chiang Kaishek entirely in Chinese for the first time without the help of Song Meiling who usually helped in the role of translator. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
15 Oct 1942

China
11 Jan 1943

Photo(s) dated 11 Jan 1943
V. K.
1 Feb 1943

China
7 Feb 1943

China
3 Mar 1943

China
10 Mar 1943

China
  • Lin Sen was involved in an automobile accident in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Lin Sen | Chongqing | CPC]
12 Mar 1943

China
  • Lin Sen suffered a stroke during a meeting with the Canadian delegation to Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Lin Sen | Chongqing | CPC]
21 Apr 1943

China
6 Jun 1943

China
  • 8 Japanese light bombers escorted by 14 fighters attacked Liangshan Airfield in Chongqing, China, destroying 12 P-40 fighters and 1 other aircraft on the ground. Captain Zhou Zhikai, who had just landed in a P-40E fighter after a ground support mission, commandeered a P-66 Vanguard fighter belonging to US Army Air Forces parked nearby and shot down two Ki-48 aircraft and damaged another. Zhou was later awarded the Order of Blue Sky and White Sun for this action. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Liangshan Airfield | Zhou Zhikai | Chongqing | CPC]
14 Jun 1943

Photo(s) dated 14 Jun 1943
Chiang Kaishek, He Yingqin, and Wu Tiecheng, Chongqing, China, 14 Jun 1943
1 Aug 1943

China
23 Aug 1943

China
  • 21 Japanese bombers escorted by 17 fighters took off from Hankou, Hubei, China to attack Chongqing in Sichuan Province, China; the formation was met with an additional 14 fighters en route. 10 P-40, 8 P-43, and 11 P-66 fighters of the Chinese Air Force rose to intercept. The Chinese lost one P-40 fighter, one P-43 fighter, and two P-66 fighters in the engagement while the Japanese lost one bomber and several damaged. This would become the final major aerial attack on Chongqing. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Chongqing | CPC]
16 Oct 1943

China
6 Nov 1943

China
15 Nov 1943

China
18 Nov 1943

China
  • 12 American and 80 Chinese agents of the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) departed their headquarters in Chongqing, China to set up Camp Four, a weather station in Xamba, Suiyuan Province, China. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
6 Dec 1943

China
  • Milton Miles was fired from the OSS by William Donovan in person in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
  • William Donovan arrived in Chongqing, China and met with Dai Li, informing Dai that OSS agents would operate in China with or without Dai's cooperation. ww2dbase [William Donovan | Chongqing | CPC]
7 Dec 1943

China
  • William Donovan met with Chiang Kaishek at Chiang's home in Chongqing, China. Chiang, who had been told by Dai Li that Donovan wanted to send OSS intelligence agents into China even without Chinese authorization, told Donovan he would not tolerate such challenge to Chinese sovereignty. ww2dbase [William Donovan | Chongqing | CPC]
12 Dec 1943

China
16 Dec 1943

China
  • Joseph Stilwell met with Chiang Kaishek in Chongqing, China. Chiang told Stilwell that he would only allow a major Chinese offensive into Burma if the Allies could achieve a three-to-one numerical superiority against the Japanese. He also turned over full command of the two Chinese divisions training in Ramgarh, India to Stilwell, who immediately prepared them for operations in northern Burma. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
20 Dec 1943

China
21 Jun 1944

China
24 Jun 1944

China
23 Jul 1944

China
  • In response to the American request for Chiang Kaishek to accept communist forces in his army, Chiang expressed that he would accept the request only if the Nationalist reserve forces would be off-limits to Joseph Stilwell, and if American Lend-Lease supplies would be controlled by Chiang. This counteroffer was to be rejected in the following month. ww2dbase [Yosuke Matsuoka | Chongqing | CPC]
7 Sep 1944

China
  • Chiang Kaishek met with Joseph Stilwell, Patrick Hurley, and Donald Nelson in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
19 Sep 1944

China
  • Joseph Stilwell personally handed Chiang Kaishek a message from Franklin Roosevelt which noted that Stilwell was to be given unrestricted powers in China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
20 Sep 1944

China
  • From his headquarters in Chongqing, China, Milton Miles sent SACO's first comprehensive weather map to US Navy Pacific Fleet Command. These reports would continue daily until the end of the war for the planning of Leyte, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa invasions. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
28 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 28 Sep 1944
Chiang Kaishek
7 Oct 1944

China
  • From his headquarters in Chongqing, China, Milton Miles sent US Navy Pacific Fleet Command a daily weather map of China; for the first time, the map covered the entire Chinese coast and 500 miles out into the sea. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
20 Oct 1944

China
  • Joseph Stilwell bid his final farewell to Chiang Kaishek at Chiang's home in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
21 Oct 1944

China
  • Joseph Stilwell departed Chongqing, China in the afternoon for the United States via India. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
18 Nov 1944

China
  • The C-0101 transport aircraft completed its first operational flight from Chongqing, China to Taipingsi Airport in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. ww2dbase [C-0101 | Chongqing | CPC]
9 Aug 1945

China
  • Du Yuming arrived at Chongqing, China to meet with Chiang Kaishek, planning for a campaign against General Long Yun of Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Chongqing | CPC]
13 Aug 1945

China
14 Aug 1945

China
  • From Chongqing, China, Chiang Kaishek sent a cable to Mao Zedong, inviting the Chinese Communist leader to Chongqing, China for talks. Mao, who saw that talks would gain him little, insisted that the Nationalists must allow the Communists to take official parts in the Japanese surrender, something Chiang was likely to reject. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
15 Aug 1945

China
  • Chiang Kaishek made a radio address from the facilities of the Broadcasting System (forerunner of today's Broadcasting Corporation of China located in Taiwan, Republic of China) in Chongqing, China, noting that China must not seek revenge against the defeated Japan, for violence would only yield more violence. He urged that China must return "virtue for malice". ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1945
Crowd in Chongqing, China celebrating the victory over Japan, 15 Aug 1945
18 Aug 1945

China
  • In Chongqing, China, French and Chinese representatives signed a document that officially returned Kouang-Tchéou-Wan (Chinese: Guangzhouwan) back to China. This treaty port has been forcibly leased by Qing Dynasty China to France in Nov 1899, who placed it under the administration of French Indochina. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
24 Aug 1945

China
  • Under Soviet pressure, Chiang Kaishek announced that he would recognize the Outer Mongolia region as an independent country if the Mongolian people voted to secede from China. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
25 Aug 1945

China
28 Aug 1945

China
  • Chinese communists Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and Wang Jofei traveled to Chongqing, China aboard US Ambassador Patrick Hurley's personal aircraft. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
30 Aug 1945

China
  • In Chongqing, China, US General Albert Wedemeyer warned Chinese communist leaders Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai to restrain the communists from further attacks on American personnel in China. ww2dbase [Albert Wedemeyer | Chongqing | CPC]
31 Aug 1945

China
  • From Chongqing, China, Chiang Kaishek ordered General Zhang Fakui to begin moving his troops toward Hong Kong and Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China for the occupation of the two regions. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
3 Sep 1945

China
  • In a speech in Chongqing, China, Chiang Kaishek called for economic reconstruction, constitutional democracy, and unification. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
  • Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong met with Nationalist representative (and future Minister of Foreign Affairs) Wang Shijie in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
21 Sep 1945

China
  • Milton Miles arrived at his headquarters in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
22 Sep 1945

China
  • The overworked Milton Miles was placed under house arrest at his headquarters in Chongqing, China by the orders of his physician. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
25 Sep 1945

China
  • Milton Miles was awarded the Order of the White Cloud and Golden Banner of the Republic of China while he was at his headquarters in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
29 Sep 1945

China
  • Milton Miles departed Chongqing, China. Irwin Beyerly would take over command of US Navy's Sino-American Special Technical Cooperative Organization (SACO) organization from Beyerly's headquarters in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Chongqing | CPC]
  • Influential Chongqing-based Chinese newspaper Ta Kung Pao published an editorial demanding Thailand to surrender as an Axis member, and demanding Thai leaders to be arrested as war criminals. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
4 Oct 1945

China
  • Du Yuming and Long Yun arrived at Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Chongqing | CPC]
10 Oct 1945

China
11 Oct 1945

China
  • Mao Zedong departed Chongqing. China for Yen'an, leaving Nationalist-Communist negotiations to his more capable lieutenant Zhou Enlai. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
15 Oct 1945

China
  • Du Yuming arrived at Chongqing, China, where Chiang told him that Du was to become the scapegoat for the removal of General Long Yun; Chiang would later award him with higher positions for taking on this responsibility. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Chongqing | CPC]
18 Oct 1945

China
31 Oct 1945

China
  • Chinese Communist leader Lin Biao was given command of all Communist forces in northeastern China in an attempt to counter the arrival of Nationalist government forces in the region. Meanwhile, Nationalist and Communist representatives in Chongqing continued their negotiations, seeking a political settlement of their differences between fighting would begin in northeastern China. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 31 Oct 1945
Bai Chongxi and Song Meiling preparing a birthday cake for Chiang Kaishek, Chongqing, China, 31 Oct 1945
28 Feb 1946

China
  • The Sino-French Accords was signed in Chongqing, China, in which France formally relinquished extra-territorial rights in Shanghai, Tianjin, Hankou, and Guangzhou. It also changed the status of Haiphong, Tonkin, French Indochina to that of a free port for the Chinese. In concession, China began withdrawing its troops from northern French Indochina. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
23 Mar 1946

Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1946
Chiang Kaishek, Australian Ambassador Douglas Copland, and Chinese leaders in Chongqing, China, 23 Mar 1946
31 Jul 1946

China
19 Feb 1948

China
  • The C-0102 transport aircraft took its first flight over Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [C-0101 | Chongqing | CPC]
28 Aug 1949

Photo(s) dated 28 Aug 1949
Chiang Ching-kuo and Ma Bufang, Chongqing, China, 28 Aug 1949
29 Nov 1949

China
  • Chiang Kaishek departed Chongqing, China aboard C-54 transport "Zhongmei" piloted by Yi Fuen; Communist troops captured the airfield within hours of Chiang's departure. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
8 Dec 1949

China
  • Dong Zhao retired from the Chinese Army at Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Dong Zhao | Chongqing | CPC]
9 Dec 1949

China
  • Dong Zhao, his wife, and his three children departed Chongqing, China for Taiwan. ww2dbase [Dong Zhao | Chongqing | 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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