THE WARBIRD'S FORUM
In recent months I've been posting stuff about the airfield at Loiwing,
on the China-Burma border, where Bill Pawley assembled warplanes and Claire
Chennault based his Flying Tigers after they were run out of Burma. Here's
the most recent treasure, spotted by Lieuwe Montsma, a Netherlander who
lives in Yunnan province. He zeroed in on the
Google Earth images we've been discussing lately, and he found the revetments
from 70 years ago, still visible in the farmers' fields.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has a theory of why they're still extant.
Were they made of concrete? Did the farmers find them useful to protect a
field from the wind? (The inset shows the same revetments in 1944, from a
USAAF reconnaissance photo of what was then a Japanese field.)
Go here for more.
Some good reads this month: Go here for my
The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis, the greatest novel I have read
in many years. (Trigger warning: the "zone of interest" is Auschwitz.)
WWII: A Chronicle of Soldiering by the late novelist James Jones.
It wasn't meant that way, but it is a splendid short history of the Second
World War, by a man who fought in it and wrote about it. And I'm still
Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin, an amazing
biography of the dictator's early years. (Or click on the titles to see
the books on Amazon.)
I am a strong believer in the notion that digital editions should be
priced under five dollars. I am delighted to see that HarperCollins has
dropped the price of
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Vounteers, 1941-1942
to $4.74, less than half what it used to be. (Or that's the price that's
offered to me when I go there. Amazon sometimes plays tricks with pricing.)
Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
Welcome to the Warbird's Forum!
Here are a thousand or so files on airplanes, pilots, and
military history, grouped under these headings:
Rising Sun Over Burma
- Wild Eagles and Flying Tigers - How Japan Remembers the Battle.
- How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and
A Vision So Noble
- How would John Boyd have dealt with Osama
bin Laden? Paperback
or Kindle edition
Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers
- "The exciting story
of this legendary fighting force that wore American uniforms but Chinese
or Kindle edition
Incident at Muc
: The Vietnam novel that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster
movie, Go Tell the Spartans
or as a
Question? Comment? Newsletter? Send
email. Blue skies! -- Dan