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

Monday, July 27, 2009

Air Task Force 13 (Provisional) at Gongguan

Main Gate, taken in the fall of 1958
USAF Photo courtesy Terry Sherwood

How many times did you pass through this gate during your time in Taiwan? Too many to count I'm sure.

If you were at Taipei Air Station prior to the late 1960s this was the gate you used to enter the Air Station.

I recently received a binder, heavy with documents and photographs unfolding the history of the United States Air Force on Taiwan.

Prepared by Mr. Terry Sherwood, Historian, 327th Air Division, in January 1970, this history describes most of the Air Force movements in and around Taiwan, including a number of black and white photographs going back to the early 1950s shortly after MAAG Taiwan was formed.

If you ever wondered what went on, when, and where in Taiwan, you are in for a treat.

Preparing the layout of this presentation is enormous and difficult to present in a form which you can track not only the daily changes but follow changes at a particular base on the island as they occurred.

It will take me some time to fully complete, but I will release updates. The complete presentation will be posted on the Taipei Air Station web site.

I want to express my thanks to Mr. Terry Sherwood for his unselfish and gracious presentation of these documents to me.

Receiving these documents was similar to being chosen to receive a great treasure. When the binder arrived in my office and I opened the carton, my heart fluttered, my hands were weak. As I thumbed through these pages, and viewed the old photographs my heart was at peace and I realized our history in Taiwan was not lost, it was found and it would soon be presented on the Internet for history to record our accomplishments in helping the people of Taiwan.

God bless the country of Taiwan and its citizens.

Life is good. Aloha.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


The 327th AD History book sounds fantastic! I look forward to the history of TAS - original mission, location choice, etc.

I really enjoyed the photos Milt Doyle sent; will there be more? Hope so.

I won't be able to join the Return to Taiwan trip this year, but it is on my 'must do' list in the next 5 years - that is, if my kids college debt doesn't break the bank first!

Best Wishes and keep up the great work....

Best Regards

John Hurst