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Harold T. Chinn

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Harold T. Chinn Harold Tai Chinn, a resident of San Francisco for over 50 years, has now been reunited with his wife Rose (Lum) in Heaven. Harold passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 95 years of age in Seattle, WA. He is survived by his children Dale (Vernon Tom), Craig (Noelle Carol) Chinn, Allan (Yvonne) Chinn; brother, Stanley (Margaret) in Saskatchewan; brother, Frank in Ontario and sister, Beatrice Yee in British Columbia. Harold's life can be noted in history as one of adventure and dedication to his family. The fifth child of three girls and six boys, Harold was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 10, 1912. He started his education by attending the Lord Strathcona School in Vancouver. During his youth he looked up to the sky and yearned to fly those crazy flying contraptions called aero planes. By the early 1930s he earned his wings. Unable to find meaningful employment as a pilot in Canada and the US, Harold headed off to China as the drumbeats of war were first being heard. He first joined the Chinese Air Force and then moved on to join the Canton Air Force as a transport pilot. Harold later joined the Pan American Airways subsidiary, China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) flying DC-3's and DC-4's. When World War II broke out, he was absorbed into the US 14th Air Force in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater of War. For his actions in ferrying supplies over the Hump between India and China during WWII he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After WWII, as a senior pilot for CNAC, he captained a number of first flights and survey flights. Among those were the Hong Kong to Batavia (Jakarta) and Shanghai to San Francisco first flights. In 1950, Harold and Rose settled in San Francisco to begin raising two children. A third was soon to come along. During this time, Harold was an avid supporter of Scouting. He allowed his children grow as they chose, supporting in any and all endeavors. To this end, his memories will always be with them. Harold was preceded to Heaven by Rose on February 14, 2003. Private memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on July 10, 2007 at the Columbarium in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harold's name can be made to your favorite charity.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 5 to July 6, 2007
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