SOME OF THE CHILDREN OF CHINA



Life in China was hard during the war years as can be seen in the faces of these Chinese children and the clothing they wore.They always managed a smile and a thumbs up "Ding Hao"

ANOTHER PHOTO OF CHINESE CHILDREN



These are five young Chinese children that lived near our base in Kwelin.

LOCAL CUSTOMS



Although it is a little hard to tell from the picture this man is
holding a dog that he has cleaned in preparation for eating it. This is the reason we never had dogs running around loose in China. They were considered to be good eating.

WHAT OUR RUNWAYS WERE MADE OF



All of our runways in China were built with crushed stone.This picture show piles of the stones used to build our runways.All these stone were covered with a finely crushed layer and then rolled and rerolled to make a smooth surface for the planes land on.

WORKING CLASS PEOPLE



This is picture of a farmer working a water buffalo while cultivating his rice paddie.If it were not for rice in China we would have starved to death.

REAL BACKYARD MECHANICS



Autos and trucks were practically non existant in the civilian population in China.This pic show one of the trucks that did exist.Whenever one of the trucks broke down it was repaired on the spot by whatever means necessary. All the trucks were converted to charcoal burners because of the shortage of gasoline. On steep grades someone would run along side the truck operating the charcoal burner so the truck could make it up the grade


WOMAN WITH HER HONEY BUCKETS



This picture is of a Chinese woman with the everpresent "yo-yo" pole and the so-called "honey buckets".Note the small feet on this woman.They were bound at child-hood to keep them small.

MORE OF THE WORKING CLASS



This picture is of one of the people working on the runway taking a break to smoke his large water-cooled pipe. The carts used to haul the stone can be seen in the background.

HAPPY TO BE WORKING



Here is another coolie working on our runways complete with "YO-YO" pole and baskets loaded with crushed stone.A P-40 is in the background.

TIME FOR A LITTLE REST & RELAXATION



If any of you guys ever patronized the Kwelin Hotel for a little R&R you may recognize the young ladies in this picture. They are Missy Lee-Missy Lee-Missy Lee and of course Missy Lee.

ONE OF THE CHINESE ELDERS



This is an old Chinese farmer walking on one of the many levies that separated the rice paddies in China.

HAULING STONE FOR OUR RUNWAYS



Here is a picture of one of the many carts ued to haul the stone for runway construction. This is one of the few that had tires rather than wooden wheels.

A FARMER HEADING FOR WORK



Here is a picture of a famer leading his water buffalo along one of the levies that separated the rice paddies heading to work.



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