|From Ho Chi Minhs fictional Diary: |
10 February 1945
For rescuing Lt. Shaw, the Americans offered us 50,000 piastres, which Dong and the others were all for accepting, but I had a different idea, which was to meet General Chennault, head of the air task force in China. Chennault had originally come to China with the famous Flying Tigers and was known all over Asia. If I could claim him as a friend, this would be worth far more than 50,000 piastres! Some saw the point and some didnt, but in any case Chennault refused to see me. I suppose that being of French origin hes not exactly in sympathy with our revolution. But Im keeping at it through some American friends, to whom I promised further help in rescuing pilots.
|It was not until late 1943 that the Allies could consider any effective operations against the Japanese occupying the Asiatic mainland. Even then the counteroffensive had to be left entirely to the Americans. Because of the vast distances involved, operations were limited to the Air Force (under General Chennault), aided by Services of Supply and, to some extent, by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a clandestine group operating in intelligence, counterintelligence, undercover propaganda, and sabotage. |
Up to this time Ho had seldom had good luck enhancing the solid accomplishments resulting from his own unflagging toil. But suddenly events fell more and more in his favor. With the rescue by the Viet Minh of Lt. Shaw, an American flier shot down over northern Vietnam, Ho received his first big break with the Allies. His second came soon after from a very different direction.