Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The 327th Air Division and It's Relation in The Mutual Defense Treaty with The Republic of China

In January 1970, the History of the 327th Air Division was published at Taipei Air Station. The document contained a FORWARD page. We begin today, the History of the United States Air Force in Taiwan.
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Here are the words from that page:
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The chronology of the 327th Air Division and its predecessor, the Air Task Force Thirteen (Provisional), is important in many respects. It provides a record of a unique experiment in the establishment of a task force of the United States Air Force which would cooperate and work with the Air Force of a friendly nation within the territory of that nation, and, if the need arose, take over the command of certain segments of that Air Force.
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Although the tenseness of the political situation and the immediacy of the threat of war by the Chinese Communists, which led to the signing of a Mutual Defense Treaty between the governments of the United States and the Republic of China, had eased somewhat by the time Air Task Force Thirteen, Provisional, was activated, it was recognized by the governments concerned that a constant state of combat preparedness was necessary. This was demonstrated when the crisis of 1958 caused the activation of portions of the defense plan for Taiwan.

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Over the years the air division has carried out its tasks as evidenced by the performance of the Chinese Air Force and its government. The division mission remained unchanged even though it changed from a provisional task force to the 327th Air Division until 1968 when it assumed the additional responsibility of providing airlift for Southeast Asia with the assignment of the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing. Today, in addition to its airlift role, the division stands ready, as it has for the past, to provide for Taiwan's defense.
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As we look back on the history of the 327th
Air Division, all of those who have been fortunate enough to play a part in keeping the aggressor from Taiwan can be justifiably proud of their efforts.
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DEWITT R. SEARLES, Brig Gen, USAF Commander
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Our next post will begin with the History of our Air Force in Taiwan, a very interesting and informative series of insight.

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