14 December 1941
The start of World War Two in Burma
On 14 December 1941 the Japanese began their invasion of the Tenasserim. On 23 December two waves of Japanese warplanes bombed Rangoon. They were confronted at 12,000 feet by the "Flying Tigers" of US Army Col. Claire Chennault, but managed to destroying much of the docks and kill hundreds of people. This is a very rare photograph taken from a Japanese plane.. The old prison is clearly visible near the centre, with most of the bombs in this photograph falling towards Halpin Road and the old Government House.