23 Feb 1939
  • A group of fighters flown by Soviet volunteers intercepted 57 Japanese bombers near Lanzhou, Gansu, China, shooting down 6 Japanese bombers and turning back the rest of the formation. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | CPC]
  • Mao Yingchu, flying an I-16 fighter, shared the credit for the downing of a Japanese BR.20 bomber over Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China. ww2dbase [Mao Yingchu | Lanzhou, Gansu | CPC]
  • Spanish moderate, Colonel Segismundo Casado, the temporary XVIII Corps commander at the Battle of Brunete, staged an uprising against communist power and formed the Council of National Defence, hoping that Francisco Franco would be prepared to discuss terms with a fellow officer. This resolved into a civil war within a civil war, with over 1,000 deaths before the Casado faction gained the upper hand. ww2dbase [The Spanish Civil War | AC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Feb 1939
USS Yorktown anchored off Gonaives, Haiti following Fleet Problem XX, 23 Feb 1939

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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