A page spread from an original Illustrated London News dated February 1942.
Some of these images of the bombing around Kai Tak we have seen before in various qualities and from a number of sources.
The people on the page are CNAC pilot Hugh Chen and mechanic Lee Taylor, the last to fly out before the airport was over-run by Japanese troops. Taylor’s face has been scarred by acid from bombs that dropped through the hangar’s roof. They successfully navigated their way to “Free China” using the 10- cent ‘toy’ compass they are looking at, avoiding marauding Japanese fighter aircraft on the way.
In a time, long before the internet, its interesting how such “on-the-spot” high quality images could have reached the Illustrated London News so relatively soon after the event.
These do not appear to be “wire” transmitted pictures that were an early means of transferring images long distances. These usually show distinct ‘lines’ or ‘bands’ similar to old TV screen images.