Saturday, June 02, 2018

Who else attacked Taiwan during World War II?

During World War II, Taiwan was air-raided by the US, the Republic of China, Soviet Union and Royal Navy’s Pacific Fleet. The latter sent carrier-based aircraft to attack Japanese targets over Taiwan in the end of 1944 and early 1945. However, nothing could be more exaggerating was the fact that Mexican Air Force was also among the raiders over Taiwan.

Nicknamed “Aztec Eagles”, the Mexican Air Force’s 201st Fighter Squadron, then affiliated to the 58th Fighter Group of the US Fifth Air Force, based at Clark Field in the Philippines operating on P-47 Thunderbolts, launched four powerful sweepings from July 6 to 9 1945 to the island. On August 8, a week before Japanese surrender, “Aztec Eagles” dive-bombed Japanese vessels anchoring in Hualein Harbor.

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