-- Life and Times of the 341st Bomb Group --
"Preserving the memory of their sacrifices!"

Memories of
Hanchung, China
1945


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Peasants building airfield. Hanchung, 1945 Hundreds of Chinese peasants working to build the airfield at Hanchung, China, 1945.
(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Tent the 490th brought from Warazup, Burma.
Home away from Home, a "lend-lease" tent from our field at Warzup, Burma, set up on the flight line at Hanchung, China in 1945.
l. to r.; Garrett, Scott, Sharp, Dyar.

(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Garrett and Dyar with their houseboy. Hanchung, 1945.
Garrett (l.) and Dyar (r.) with their houseboy "Leo", and a crap game going on behind them. Hanchung, China, 1945.
(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


P-51 drop tank shower. Hanchung, 1945.
"We dug a well and used P-51 drop tanks for water storage for our shower down on the flightline at Hanchung, China in 1945. Sun heated the water for us."
l. to r.; Sharp, Scott, Dyar.

(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Sharp and Scott after pheasant. Hanchung, 1945.
Sharp (l.) and Scott (r.) display the results of their pheasant hunt at Hanchung, China. Note the carbine, no shotguns needed for these sharp shooters!
(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Bill Sharp's gone native. Hanchung, 1945
"Bill Sharp's been over too long, he's gone native.   They gave him a wheelbarrow to haul a sack of cement. He came back with the cement on one end of a pole and the wheel barrow on the other. Hanchung, China, 1945.
(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Dyar and Scott fishing river near Hanchung, 1945.
Clyde Dyar (in back) and Scott testing the waters of a river near Hanchung, China, 1945.
(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Clyde Dyar in front of pagoda. Hanchung, 1945
Clyde Dyar in front of a pagoda on the main street of Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Clyde Dyar visits the Great Wall. Hanchung, 1945
Clyde Dyar (not the one with the baskets) visits the "Great Wall" at Hanchung, China, in 1945.
(Courtesy of Clyde Dyar - 490th Bomb Squadron )



This shrine, in this beautiful setting, was a few miles outside of Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Schmidheini - 490th Bomb Squadron )



The barracks which members of the 'Burma Bridge Busters' were to occupy after arriving at Hanchung, China in April 1945.  Harry Bietch (490th Armament) is on the right.
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Schmidheini - 490th Bomb Squadron )



This Chinese soldier stands guard on the flight line at Hanchung. At some USAAF bases American airmen were detailed to guard tbe planes from the guards
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Schmidheini - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Men of the 490th participate in the age old military tradition of 'standing in line.'   In this case it is the chow line at Hanchung Air Base.
(Courtesy of 'Ed' Schmidheini - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Chinese cooks
  The US arranged for the Chinese to provide food and shelter for the airmen in China.   While they ate "high on the hog" compared to the Chinese, the different cuisine and dysentery caused many of them to continually lose weight. Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Joe Pape says, "These photos of me show the weight loss effect of the cuisine change from Burma (left) to China.   It was pretty typical of all the troops."
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )




A very active street in Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Playing volleyball
One of the recreational activities at Hanchung was volleyball.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


The outdoor movie theater at Hanchung
Another of the recreational activities at Hanchung was attending the "walk-in movies".
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


Joe Pape keeping close watch on three elephants.
  Joe Pape keeping close watch on three elephants, and a tree between him and them! Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )


TSgt Lorenz pullling ricksha with TSgt Fowler, Hanchung
James Lorenz is pulling this ricksha, giving Tom Fowler a ride through Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



A Chinese farm outside Hanchung, China, 1945.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Lt. Browning among local residents on a Hanchung street, 1945.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



T/Sgt. Lorenz, Lt. Moss, S/S Fowler in Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Mebmbers of the 490th pose in front of a temple gate in Hanchung, China.
(l-r) Moss, Lester D. Ellenwood, Joe Pape, Fowler and Lorenz
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Moss, Fowler, Lorenz stroll this street in Hanchung, China. Note the Chinese flags lining the street.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Old bell hanging from strong, decorative supports, outside the city of Hanchung, China.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Houseboy; a local Hanchung youngster and very willing worker.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )



Bringing in the sheaves; near the 490th's Hanchung, China base.
(Courtesy of Joseph A. Pape - 490th Bomb Squadron )




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