August 14, 1937 CE – The First Air-to-Air Combat of World War II

August 14, 1937 CE – The First Air-to-Air Combat of World War IIRate this post Click to view full Infographic Two years before German tanks rumbled into Poland, the early stages of World War II began taking shape. Five weeks after the Japanese launched an offensive into mainland China and captured Beijing, the Nationalist Chinese Air Force opened the battle for the skies by downing six Imperial Japanese bombers. Though much of the world was still unaware of the scale of the Second Sino-Japanese War, it quickly evolved into the Pacific Theater of the last Great War. Ground combat began on July 7, when skirmishes between the Chinese Army and […]