The following is my Dad's hand written account of events as or shortly
after they happened.
---- The Year is 1945 ----
Jan 21 at the Staff
it was decided that we leave Suichwan. Planes started to come in during
the night and morning of the 22nd. By six o'clock on the 22nd everyone
had left except seven of us. We worked all the next day loading
that were left onto trucks and sent them to Kanchow.
of the 23rd we got word to start destroying the buildings and Maj. Bull
& I burned hostel #4, Wing Headquarters and the Photo
At 11:15 we got a call from the Chinese Army HQ. telling us to "Get Out
at Once!" While Maj. Bull & Capt. Spring blew the field, Sgt
Heacia & I burned Hostel #1. I started out the road to
at 1:15 leaving the Capt & Maj. to finish the final blowing.
Got to Kanchow evening of the 25th and started right in the next day as
Transportation Officer - what a job - 30 Chinese trucks, that's a story
in itself! We knew we were going to blow this field in a few days
also and started right off sending equipment out West & East.
On Jan 30th all personnel had been evacuated and we were once again
to blow this field, Kanchow. I stayed up allnight the 30th and
and drove all night the 1st, ending up at Changting, half way to the
coast of China. I made a trip back over the "Hump", as we call
some 40 Ko. to a little town where Maj. Bull had set up a terminal,
this up in 1 day & returned to Changting. We have a set-up of
only 20 men & officers - I'm the Ex.O. for the base. We have
a nice set-up in the only good hotel in town.