Pan-Yang "John Wong" Hwang

John Wong

CAF   Captain

Awards unknown

Parents from Jungshan County, Guangdong Province, China.
Born in Seattle, Washington.
Earned his private pilot's licence in Portland, Oregon.
Went to east to join the Chinese Air Force in 1932.
Later becoming the Commanding Officer of 17 Squadron.
He was appointed Air Attache to London in 1942.
He returned to the United States after the war.
Name given as Hwang Pei-Yang in Air Aces (Shores) & John Pung-Yung Hwang in Fighter Aces of the USA (Tolliver & Constable).

(Left) From bombed China to Calcutta, Cairo, Lagos and Natal without missing a meal or a nap, Shao Wei Hwang, 8 months old, is shown above with his father, Major John P. H. Hwang, as they arrived in New York. Hwang is air attache in London and he and his wife stopped in New York en route to Britain.


Didn't Miss Meal or Nap
Baby Makes Long Trip Safely, “Lost” in U. S.
Child, Making Voyage from China To Britain With Parents, Found With Hostesses

NEW YORK, 23 April 1942 - (UP) - Shao-Wei Hwang, age eight months, who flew to America from Chungking, via Calcutta, Cairo, Lagos and Natal without missing a meal or a nap, and then got lost at La Guardia Field, gurgled and cooed today, unaware of his fame as a world traveler.
Sturdy, beaming Shao-Wei made the seven-week trip with composure and aplomb, according to his parents, Major and Mrs. John P. H. Hwang, but disappeared in the confusion of landing at La Guardia Field. He was found 15 minutes later, being passed around among half a dozen excited air hostesses.
He and his parents are en route to London where Major Hwang will be air attaché. With them was Commander Ying-Tsung Chow, on his way to a London post as a naval attaché.
Shao-Wei, called Howard for the convenience of his parents’ American friends, was the petted darling of the hop across four continents, getting all the attention of other passengers and most of the spare time of pilots.
In Calcutta his wide smile prevailed upon airline officials to suspend rules against women passengers and thus permit his mother and himself to go on to Cairo with his father.
His laundry was the concern not only of his mother—who summed up the whole trip with a smiling “you manage”—but of helpful passengers. Once or twice it was spread out on the ground to dry when the plane made a brief landing.
Major Hwang’s only luggage was a brief case and Howard got through the trip in the heavy Chinese quilted robe in which he started, and two sweater suits - one of which he outgrew on the way because of his gain in weight.
All in all he was a worthy son of his father who picked off nine Japanese planes in a few days of fighting over Shanghai and Nanking early in the war.


Victories Include :

15 Aug 1937
27 Sept 1937
16 June 1938
1.5 G3Ms
one Ki-27
2.5 Ki-27s
destroyed (two half-shares)
destroyed (one plus 3 half-shares)

5 / 0 / 0

His score is usually said to be 13.5 but that's because it is often combined with John "Buffalo" Wong's score of 8.5.


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