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70 years ago: Hong Kong's wartime diaries

Shows diary entries from seventy-one years ago, using today's date in Hong Kong as the starting point. To see pages from earlier dates (they go back to 1 Dec 1941), choose the date below and click the 'Apply' button.
  • 14 Aug 1944, R. E. Jones Wartime diary

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    Mon, 14 Aug 1944

    Lovely clear cool night.

    Posted my card to Marj.

    Dream re Peace being signed at 2.04pm on 13th of ?.

    Bitter fighting & some advances made in Normandy & Brittany & in some section of Russian Front (11th) Plenty tripe re US atrocities in Burma & of forcing Chungking troops to fight at Hengyang at the point of a gun. No damage caused in our raids on Japan. Jap troops withdraw on Imphal & Mitikyina fronts. 3rd Aug.

    With Steve pm.

    Pancakes.

    E breeze fell & the temp. went up.

    Lorry arrived with veg. 7.40pm. Most people had bare rice only for the evening meal.

    Araid alarm 9.10 to 9.30pm.

    Weeks average, Fish 0.68, Veg 8.67 oz.

  • 14 Aug 1944, Harry Ching's wartime diary

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    Mon, 14 Aug 1944

    Florrie sends phone message Freddie, Benny Randall and others home. Thin but well treated except food inadequate.

  • 14 Aug 1944, WW2 Air Raids over Hong Kong & South China

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    Mon, 14 Aug 1944

    OBJECTIVE: Fly nocturnal sea sweep mission to detect and sink Japanese ships in the South China Sea.

    RESULTS: No enemy ships are detected during the sea sweep, so the aircraft commander, Lt. Clendenen, opts to bomb the Royal Navy dockyard.  Bombs fall in vicinity of the dockyard, but damage is unknown.

    TIME OVER TARGET: Unknown, but presumably after nightfall

    AMERICAN UNITS AND AIRCRAFT: One B-24

    AMERICAN PILOTS AND AIRCREW: Lt. Clendenen

    ORDNANCE EXPENDED: 12 x 500-pound bombs

    JAPANESE UNITS, AIRCRAFT, AND PILOTS: None

    AIRCRAFT LOSSES: None

    SOURCES: Original mission reports and other documents in the Air Force Historical Research Agency archives at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

    Information compiled by Steven K. Bailey, author of Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942-1945 (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2019).

     

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