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Ninghsien (Ningbo; 121.551E
29.865N) was founded in the 8th century on the
west bank of the Yung River in Chekiang
province, China. The river is not easily navigable
and the city never became an
important port. However, a
local fishing fleet was based at Chunhai at the mouth of the Yung.
The city had an airstrip
which staged a Chinese reconnaissance
flight to Japan on 19 May 1938
that dropped leaflets over
a number of cities in Kyushu.
The Japanese in turn are alleged to have dropped ceramic
containers with plague-carrying fleas on the city in November
1940. By the time war broke out in the Pacific, the Japanese had
occupied the city.
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