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Event to commemorate Marco Polo Bridge Incident

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of National Defense is to hold a military display in an army base in Hsinchu County on July 4 to mark the 78th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident near Beijing on July 7, 1937.

Two of the planes that are to participate in the event, a US-made F-16 jet and an Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), have been painted with historic icons.

The F-16 has a flying tiger cartoon on one side, along with a shark’s mouth on its nose, to commemorate the aid the American Volunteer Group (AVG) gave to the Republic of China (ROC) in its fight against Japan.

The group, known as the Flying Tigers, existed from 1941 to 1942, and was comprised of US military pilots commanded by Major General Claire Chennault.

The plane also has 16 Japanese national flags painted on one side, representing the number of Japanese planes downed by Robert Neale, head of the AVG’s 1st Squadron, the ROC Air Force said.

The IDF has also been given a shark’s mouth on its nose, while 12 blue and white stripes — symbolizing the 12 rays of the sun on the ROC flag — were painted on its tail.

The markings commemorate the Chinese-American Composite Wing, a joint US-ROC air force unit, which existed from 1943 to 1945, ROC Air Force officials said.

An exhibition about the Eight-Year War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression is to be displayed in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei from July 7 to June of next year. Another exhibition about the toll of the war, its conclusion and aftermath is to be displayed in the Armed Forces Museum and the Academia Historica in Taipei from Aug. 15 to Nov. 28.

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