15 August 1937. Eight Chinese Nationalist AF Boeing 281‘s of the 17th Squadron, 3rd Pursuit Group engaged eight G3M‘s out of a group of 20 from the Kisarazu Air Group on a bombing mission to Nanking. The Boeing’s fighters shoot down two bombers (of the total of four destroyed that day) without suffering any losses. It was not always that easy.
Only 11 Boeing 281’s were acquired by the Chinese and they’re just another type in their miscellaneously chaotic air force.
Magnificent artwork by Jarosław Wróbel.