Flying Tigers
3rd edition 2016


New & improved for July

John Dean Armstrong was the first Flying Tiger to die and the last to be laid to rest. Here's a YouTube video of his burial in Hutchinson, Kansas, on June 14. The Navy honor guard is a recognition that he was one of a majority of AVG pilots who earned their wings at Pensacola. The "missing man" flyover by the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group, honors the lineage of the Flying Tigers as their planes and some of their pilots were inducted into the USAAF in July 1942. (Despite its name, the 75th is an air-to-mud combat force, flying the A-10 Warthog.) For more about the long journey of Armstrong and two other pilots killed in training accidents, see the Annals of the Flying Tigers.

A bit outside my usual frame of reference, but I've always been fascinated by the epic duel between the Monitor and the Merrimack in 1862. The Battle of Hampton Roads has been gloriously brought to life by Richard Snow in Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History. (It now seems that every event in all of history wound up changing history, which is perhaps true, but if so is essentially meaningless.) My other two books of June were likewise something of a stretch. I read The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters with the avidity usually reserved for a Jack Reacher story. One of these bright young things was a Hitler groupie, a second married the head of the British Fascist party, and a third became first a Communist and then a US citizen, and almost all of them did very well in later life, except for the one who adored Hitler. Another period piece, Ike and McCarthy tells the long-overdue story of how a supposedly disengaged President Eisenhower waged his guerrilla war against the Red-baiting senator from Wisconsin. For more about these books, see the The Warbird's Book Club. Blue skies! — Dan Ford

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Here are a thousand or so files on airplanes, pilots, and the wars of the past hundred years, grouped under these headings:

Annals of the Flying Tigers
Annals of the Brewster Buffalo
Annals of Poland: war and exile, 1939-1948
Japan at War, 1931-1945
Annals of the Chinese Air Force
Glen Edwards and the Flying Wing
Remembering Bluie West One
The Spadguys Speak (carrying a nuke to Sevastopol)
Annals of Vietnam
War in the Modern World

Plus these excellent places to look for more: