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Hong Kong includes several islands and areas: Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island and a small portion of mainland China with Kaitak Airfield (Kai Tak) plus Kowloon Docks and Taikoo Docks. Borders Victoria Harbor, Takao Harbor and Hong Kong Harbor. Prewar and during the Pacific War, Hong Kong was a British colony. Today, part of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 the Japanese aircraft attacked the Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft at Kai Tak Airfield on the mainland destroying all available aircraft. On December 13, 1941 the Japanese demand the surrender of British troops in Hong Kong. When their request is denied, the Japanese begin bombing the city. On December 25, 1941 Hong Kong fell after an eighteen day battle.

Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War. From late 1942 until the middle of 1945 attacked by Allied fighters and bombers that targeted the docks and other facilities.

American missions against Hong Kong
October 25, 1942 - June 12, 1945

Gin Drinker’s Line
British Army 1941 defensive line with its western flank on Gin Drinker’s Bay. The plan was that this line was to hold for three weeks during which the defenses of Hong Kong could be completed and the invading forces subjected to delay and attrition.

Kaitak Airfield (Kai Tak)
Wartime airfield located on the mainland of China

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Last Updated
April 8, 2020


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