Americans can’t believe it: the Chinese built an airport for B-29s with only two hands
In 2004, the U.S. Air Force Museum shipped a 3.7-ton stone mill from China for $105,000 and placed it in the museum’s collection.Many Of the Americans who visited did not know what the boulder was used for. Today we are going to tell you about its history.In 1943, in order to bomb The Japanese mainland, the US military developed the B-29 “Super Fortress”, which was the most advanced bomber at the time;Although the B-29 was a formidable fighter, it had a fatal drawback. It had a short range of only 5,500 kilometers. The Americans finally decided to put the airport in China after much searching.The B-29 can take off weighing dozens of tons and must land and take off on extremely hard concrete runways, which require large equipment such as rollers, bulldozers and mixers.China had nothing but people, and the Americans didn’t believe the airport could be fixed.In the middle of January 1944, 200,000 migrant workers from various districts and counties of Sichuan rushed to xinjin, Guanghan and other airports with food rations, bedding and other daily necessities, as well as production tools such as bamboo hats, hoes, 箢篼 and shoulder poles.Around 20 days ago, four super fort bases began construction.Sinjin Airfield, code-named A1, will be the forward base for the 40th Bombing Group of the 58th Bombing Wing.”Regardless of picking up pebbles, beating stones, or filling stones, digging drainage ditches, are shoulder, back grinding, hand digging and pushing with a chicken bus.Workers had to dig and haul the old airport’s fill two metres deep, then lay and roll down layers of yellow mud and pebbles as required.Since there was no concrete, the Clever Chinese came up with a brilliant solution, which was to use hard pebbles, lay them together closely, insert small stones into the gaps, and finally pour clay into them, and then roll them back and forth dozens of times with huge stone rollers, and pile them up layer by layer to create a very hard runway!A 2.5km long, 25m wide main runway and two taxiing runways were seized after more than 200,000 migrant workers struggled for more than five months.When the Xinjin Airport was expanded, Chennault, commander of the 14TH US Air Force, flew to Chengdu and had a bird’s eye view of more than 200,000 Chinese people busy on the airport. This magnificent sight still excited him many years later: “It looks chaotic on the outside, but underneath there is a plan, which is the construction spirit of the Chinese people!On April 24, 1944, the first B-29 flew over the “hump route” and landed at Xinjin Airport. Migrant workers couldn’t help cheering when they saw this scene. They finally believed that the airport built by themselves was qualified.On June 15, 75 B-29s took off from the Chengdu area and headed straight for Kyushu, Japan.After a six-hour flight, the group bombed the “Yahata Imperial Iron Factory”, causing heavy Japanese losses.After the news came, people excited tears in their eyes, the bomber took off from China finally threw the bomb to the Devil’s head, let them also taste the taste of being bombed.”Our more than 100 airports in China were built by thousands of Chinese men, women and children with sweat and blood and with bare hands.”General Chennault wrote after the war.