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A Wartime International Romance?
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:39:17 PM »
Kind of a long story but I will tell it anyway as I think it might be interesting enough.  I acquired this lot belonging to a Chinese Pilot, who graduated from the Luke Field Advanced Training course in Arizona, earning his wings (Dondero).  As you can see the lot contained his Pilot wings, a Chinese Aviation cadet patch and a graduation photo of his class.  The photo was inscribed to "Kelly" from Jackson Fong, in Miami Beach.  For all these years I wondered how a recently graduated Chinese Pilot met an American girl in Miami Beach!  Even if they were granted leave would they go from AZ to FL?  Highly unlikely.  A couple of months ago I purchased a book titled "The Immortal Flying Tigers" published by the Ministry of National Defense, ROC.. It is a book of personal reminiscences, not by the AVG Flying Tigers that we know but by Chinese Pilots who flew in the CACW.  Many of their stories start with their training to become pilots and most were sent to the US for flight training.  You would think that once graduated, in AZ, they would be sent back to China via the Pacific route.  But no!  I learned that once graduated they were shipped via train to Miami Beach!  Where they awaited ship transportation to Africa, then flights to India then to China. The wait in Miami beach could take anywhere from a week to a month.  They all mention how well they were received by the people of Florida. Apparently so for newly minted Chinese Pilot Jackson Fong and "Kelly".The 15 year mystery of how Jackson Fong became acquainted with "Kelly" in Miami Beach was solved.  If I hadn't purchased that book, the mystery would continue today.  Hope you enjoy the photos.
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Re: A Wartime International Romance?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2018, 12:16:43 AM »
 That is a really great story and group. I must say, I have never seen a photo like this, amazing history!  Scott
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Re: A Wartime International Romance?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2018, 07:41:00 AM »
Interesting Story..

Great detective work as well..

We have a memorial at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery for 55 Chinese Air Cadets that lost their lives during flight training here during WW2..

Will have to get out and take a picture of the memorial

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Re: A Wartime International Romance?
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 08:37:07 AM »
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Thanks. Would love to see a photo of the memorial, when you have a chance to take a pic of it 
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