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War & the Southwest #02: Wen Bon: A Naval Air Intelligence Officer Behind Japanese Lines in China

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During the Second World War Byron Winborn was part of a covert military operation in an area of southeastern China overrun and nominally controlled by Japanese forces. As a Naval lieutenant attached to the Fourteenth Army Air Force, he and his colleagues in a Technical Air Intelligence unit scavenged behind the lines for wreckage from downed enemy aircraft, seeking valuable technical information which they reported back to their superiors in Washington. Winborn's memoir of these experiences is rendered in an informal and understated conversational style including near encounters with Japanese troops, confrontations with Chinese bandits and semi-comic negotiations with the local populace, along with thoughtful observations about the contrasting attitudes and life styles between the culture in which he found himself and that from which he had come. At the end of hostilities, "Wen Bon" as his Chinese associates addressed him, was ordered to Shanghai, where he and other veterans of southeastern China contributed their unconventional "can-do" talents to expediting traffic in a Naval Air Priorities Office, for a hectic finale to his singular tour of exotic duty.

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An officer on an intelligence recovery team which searched out downed enemy planes, Winborn lived in Chinese villages rather than at military bases and, equipped with cameras to fulfill his duties, he captured numerous scenes of both military and civilian life in China during the 1940s. The memoir intersperses Winborn's engagingly- told account of his military career in China with his experiences as a red-blooded, "can-do" Texan with correspondingly 1940s American attitudes and ideas.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780929398778
Author:
Winborn, Byron R.
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Location:
Denton, Tex. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Personal narratives
Subject:
Personal narratives, american
Subject:
Sino-japanese conflict, 1937-1945
Subject:
Sino-Japanese Conflicts, 1937-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Subject:
Sino-Japanese Conflicts, 1937-1945.
Subject:
Sino-Japanese Conflicts, 19
Subject:
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Subject:
Winborn, Byron R.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
War & the Southwest
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
19941131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b&w photos. Maps. Gloss.
Pages:
253
Dimensions:
9.34x6.34x.98 in. 1.33 lbs.

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