All about the American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers," the Japanese and Chinese military during the Second World War, the Northrop Flying Wing, Poland's experience of war and exile, and other subjects that take my fancy from time to time. Enjoy! -- Dan Ford

100 Hawks for China


soldiers' graves at Lwow
Seventy-five years on, the bodies of Polish soldiers -- thrown into mass graves -- are still being found at Lviv in western Ukraine. As the Polish city of Lwow, it was attacked and nearly surrounded by the German army in September 1939, with the Soviet Red Army completing the encirclement soon after. Lwow surrendered on September 23, and its defenders were sent to Russian prison camps, with the officers later murdered in the Katyn Forest massacres. The dead were buried in nearby forests, their graves often concealed by rubbish dumps. Read more here.

In recent months I've been posting new information about the Chinese airfield at Loiwing, on the Burma frontier, where Bill Pawley assembled warplanes and Claire Chennault based his Flying Tigers after they were run out of Burma in March 1942. Well, never mind!, as Gilda Ratner used to say on Saturday Night Live. Hak Hakanson has gone back to basics and decided that we were all wrong: that field was indeed used by Pawley's factory, but the Tigers flew out of yet another Chinese airfield some eight miles away. I'll update that research when I get a chance, which probably won't be soon. In the meantime, never mind!

Some good reads this month: Go here for my comments on Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert Gates, who has some harsh things to say about both the Bush 43 and Obama 44 approaches to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A worthwhile though often dull book. I was also impressed by The Devil's Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941, by Roger Moorhouse, who reminds us that for nearly a third of the Second World War, Russia and Germany made common cause against the West. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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Here are a thousand or so files on airplanes, pilots, and military history, grouped under these headings:

Plus these excellent places to look for more:

Rising Sun Over
Rising Sun Over Burma - Wild Eagles and Flying Tigers - How Japan Remembers the Battle. Kindle edition.

Poland's Daughter
Poland's Daughter - How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile. Paperback or Kindle edition.

A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America's
War on Terror
A Vision So Noble - How would John Boyd have dealt with Osama bin Laden? Paperback or Kindle edition.

Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers - "The exciting story of this legendary fighting force that wore American uniforms but Chinese insignia" Paperback or Kindle edition.

Incident at Muc
Incident at Muc Wa: The Vietnam novel that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster movie, Go Tell the Spartans. In paperback or as a Kindle edition.

Question? Comment? Newsletter? Send me an email. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford