CHINA AND THE PHILIPPINES
- Jan. 1938: First letter from Hong Kong, China. Salary $750.00 per month
"instructing behind the lines at the air school same as Randolph".
Business card - English, Chinese.
- Jan 16, 1938: Letter from Hengchowfu, but envelope has Box 0433, Liu Chow, Kwangsi, China. "salary is U.S.$580.00 instead of US$750.00".
- March 18, 1938: Letter postmarked Canton - has shaved his head.
- May 5, 1938: "On May 5, 1938 Mull, Adair and I went to Talifu"
- June, 1938: Letter from Box 0433, Liu Chow, Kwangsi, China.
Name Mentioned: Meeting with Dr. Soong.
- July 4, 1938: Letter from Liu Chow. "We got a bunch - 50 - of BT-9’s
the other day to use up at the Advanced & Basic School."
- September 19, 1938: Letter from Lui Chow - makes several references to the "Instructor School business".
- Sept 28, 1938: Letter from Liu Chow, Kw.
1st mention of "CNAC"
Brass Hat Arnold
Schmid (Clarence L. Schmid - roommate at Randolph Field)
- Oct 1938: Letter, postmarked Hanoi, enroute to Kunming, Yunnan, China. "Liu Chow got a little hot so we are going to ‘Kunming, Yunnan, China - c/o Officers Flying School’". (Lu Chow bombed)
- Nov. 14, 1938: Return address is c/o American Consul, Kunming, Yunnan,
Madame and Generalissimo
- 12/7/38: Letter from Box 16, Kunming Yunnan China.
"Papa", Emil Scott’s Father dies.
- Jan 31, 1939: Letter from Hanoi. 30 days leave to Manila.
- March 13, 1939: Back in Kunming, Box 16.
- April 21, 1939: Letter from Kunming "... as Chief of Flying
- May 8, 1939: Letter from Box 16, Kunming, Yunnan. The Post Office in
Kunming burns - probably by the postmaster. "...half way through this
Primary Class ...". Adair, Mulls and Emil went up to the Tibetian Fair at
Talifu. In enclosed letter to sister Marguerite Emil says, "...I sure
hanker for a big steak at the Olmos Club. BROTHER RABBIT"
British Ambassador, Clarke-Kerr
Col. Chennault (1st mention)
- June 7, 1939: Letter from Box 16, Kunming. "... been playing too many
Hawaiian records on my Victrola today and thinking about the Maui lassie.
You should hear my dog howl when the music starts up!"
Schmid - roommate at Randolph
- June 30, 1939: Letter from Box 16, Kunming.
- August 8, 1939: Letter from Box 2, Mentsze, Yunnan.
- Oct. 12, 1939: Letter from Mengtsz, Yunnan.
- 9 November 1939: Letter from Madame Chiang Kai-shek to Mr, McDonald, complementing him and all the American (flight) instructors.
- November 13, 1939: Married in Kowloon to Elizabeth Lowe Steele of Maui, Territory of Hawaii. Best Man at St. Andrews Church was Royal Leonard. Ceremony was also witnessed by Walter Campbell "Foxy" Kent. Katy and Oscar Wilke arranged the reception at the Peninsula Hotel immediately following the wedding.- November 22, 1939: Announcements for the wedding were mailed from "The Island of Maui" by Gerogi's parents, George and Elizabeth Steele.
- February 15, 1940: Back to Kunming, Box 92-15.
- March 22, 1940: Letter from Box 92-115, Kunming, Yunnan.
- Summer of 1940: Picture taken at the home of Bob and Chris Angle has the
following folks in the picture:
- 1940-1941: "Trails In Philippine Skies" by Enrique B. Santos, pages 261 & 267, identifies Emil as working for Philippine Aerial Taxi Company (PATCO) and after PATCOs demise he worked for Philippine Air Lines (PAL). CEO of both companies was Andres Soriano.
- 1940-1941: During their time in Manila, Scotty and Georgi spent some happy hours at the Army-Navy Club of Manila.
- Jul 10, 1940: Post card from the Miramar Apts in Manila.
- August 24, 1940: Letter from 2 Sunseet Court, Baclaran, Paranaque, Rizal, P.I. Emil says, "I am flying on inactive status here at Nichols Field, flying P-26s." ". . . one of the guys in our outfit passed here a few days ago on his way home after finishing his contract and two days out of here to Portland he died of Dengue fever . . ."
- 30 August 1940: To Scotty and Georgi, one very healthy daughter,
Moana "Gay" Scott, is born in Manila.
Mother and daughter, Georgi and Moana, are doing just fine!
- INAUGURAL FLIGHT OF PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, MARCH 15, 1941
Early on the morning of March 15, a Saturday, Philippine Airlines came to life with the departure of its first airplane, a twin-engine Beech Model 18, from Nielson Airport in Makati for Baguio City. The pilots were Paul I. "Pappy" Gunn and Emil Scott.
And here's the rest of the story:
- June 30, 1941: Letter from Boulevard Apartment Hotel, Manila. First mention of "My trucks in Burma ..."
- August 11, 1941: Letter from 164 Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Decides to join the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). " - base pay $700, plus $20 an hour over 60 . . . I’m on freight service now and should be on passenger - $800 a month - in about three or four weeks."
- Nov 1941: Letterhead - S. E. Scott, C.N.A.C, Hong Kong.
Name Mentioned: Mr. Kurusu
- November 8, 1941: (Point of history -- First CNAC flight over the Hump; plane #47 at Liang. Emil was not on this flight.)
- Monday, November 11, 1941: Letter frrom Betty "Georgi" Scott, A3 Miramar
Apts., Dewey Boulevard, Manila, P.I.
- December 8, 1941 - that’s December 7, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Chuck Sharp, Pan Am pilot, in the white hat, of the Hong Kong Clipper II being shot up in the harbor, is Capt. Fred S. Ralph, Pop Kessler, Maj Woods and Emil Scott while they are hiding among boulders during a Jap raid a short distance from Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong. Also, an unidentified military person (male). Manila bombed that same day. A similar picture is in "Wings Over Asia, Vol IV", but this photo is courtesy of Judy Polanich, the niece of Paul "Pop" Kessler.
- December 8, 1941 - February 1942: Betty Scott is interned by the Japanese at the fall of Manila at Santa Tomas (Hospital) Camp and then to Los Banos until she is released at the end of the war in 1945. Betty meets Carl and Shelley Mydans (photo journalists) while interned at Santa Tomas, in addition to the Brazee sisters and the Sams family. Betty also meets E.W. Hazzard, who knew Emil well. Until Betty’s release, she did not officially know of Emil’s death, but she had read of the accident and suspected about his death, from an English Phillipine newspaper. She now resides in San Francisco, California.
- December 10, 1941: PAN AMEICAN AIRWAYS: CNAC (EVACUATION FROM HONG KONG. 1941)
- December 15, 1941: The New York Times, this date,
identified the following eight CNAC pilots who participated in the air evacuation of
Charles L. Sharp - "Chuck"
Hugh L. Woods
Harold A. Sweet - "Hal"
William McDonald - "Billy" or "Mac"
Frank L. Higgs - "Higgs" or "Dude"
Robert S. Angle - "Bob"
P. W. Kessler - "Pop"
S. E. Scott - "Scotty"
(I added the nicknames)
- Feb. 9, 1942: Letter from Beth Steele (Betty Scott’s Mother) refers to Emil as "Sandy".
- March 14, 1942 (about 9:30/45 P.M.): Emil was killed in the crash of CNAC’s last DC-2, #31, shortly after take-off about 2 km from Kunming Airdrome on a flight to Chungking, as reported in the New York Times, March 16, 1942. Three crew members and ten passengers died, including Emil, Major General Lancelot Dennys, chief of the British military mission to China, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick L. Kohler of the American military mission, and Fenimore B. Lynch, advisor to the Central Bank of China; four passengers survived.
- March 16, 1942: Emil was buried in the Chinese Cemetery for Military Aviators, 8 kilometers east of Kunming on the Kweiyang road. Chaplain Paul Frillmann performed the burial service. Claire Chennault was in attendance along with Flying Tiger Charlie Bond. Olga S. Greenlaw also attended.
- 12 August 1949: At Georgi (Betty) Scott’s request and with General Chennault’s help, Emil is re-interred in Section D, Grave No. 147, in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) overlooking Honolulu, Hawaii.Background music to this