NOVEMBER 19, 2009Where did it go?
Those Golden Days Flying Out of China
Regarding Melanie Kirkpatrick's review of "The Last Empress" by Hannah Pakula ("China's Mystery Lady," Bookshelf, Nov. 4): When Chiang Kai-shek decamped to Taiwan in 1949, he took the gold with him. Trans Ocean Airlines picked up the gold in Taiwan and transported it to Oakland Airport, home base, where it was transloaded to a Slick Airways C-46 to be delivered to Chase National Bank in New York. The plane was grossed out with a payload of seven tons of gold.
I was the pilot of this flight and have often wondered who ended up with the gold.
William P. Willoughby
Retired Captain, Slick Airways
Palo Alto, Calif.
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