Japanese aircraft sink U.S. gunboat Panay on China’s Yangtze River 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 12 1937)


Video: 'BOMBING OF THE GUNBOAT USS PANAY BY JAPANESE AIRCRAFT DURING RAPE OF NANKING 70722'

(Sunday, December 12, 1937, noon CST; during the Second Sino-Japanese War) — Japanese aircraft and shore batteries opened fire today on the U.S. Navy gunboat Panay while it was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking (now spelled Nanjing), China, while it was evacuating personnel from the embassy at Nanking.

Three Americans were killed and another 43 were wounded.

The Japanese claimed that they did not see the American flags painted on the deck of the gunboat, apologized, and paid an indemnity.

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