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Sian (Xi'an; 108.95E
34.28N) is a city in central China.
Nearby coal mines produced about
400,000 tons a year during the Pacific War. This represented a small
part of China's production, but a large fraction of its reserves.
When war broke out in the Pacific, Sian was headquarters of 1
War Area. There
was an airfield near the city that was used by P-51 Mustangs of 312 Fighter Wing from November 1944 to February 1945. However, Chiang's chief concern about the city was that it might be seized by Chinese Communists.
Craven and Cate (1952; accessed 2011-6-30)
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