|Type||83 Air Base|
|Historical Name of Location||Nanning, Guangxi, China|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Nanning Airfield in Guangxi Province, China was originally one of the fighter strips of the Guangxi regional warlord's air force, hosting fighters of Russian and Japanese manufacture in the 1930s. In Nov 1937, the Guangxi Air Force joined the Nationalist central government's Chinese Air Force, and the squadrons based in Nanning received new Chinese Air Force designations. In 1938, Nanning was subjected to several Japanese air attacks. After the Americans joined the war in Dec 1941, US Army Air Forces units slowly arrived in China. During that period, Nanning Airfield was primarily used by photographic reconnaissance variant of P-38 Lightning aircraft, but it at times hosted US fighters and bombers as well. The base was closed in Oct 1945. In 1962, the airfield was re-opened as the civilian Nanning Wuxu Airport; it remains in this capacity today.
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|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.|
|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.|
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