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


P-40 mockups in China
Bob Bergin is in China again, and he keeps finding traces of the American Volunteer Group in the most amazing places. Here's a shot of an airfield "hidden among Yunnan's hills and deep valleys." It's an old movie set with rather realistic mock-ups of the P-40 Tomahawk fighters of the American Volunteer Group, though no one seems to remember anything about the movie it was supposed to support. There's also a Douglas C-47 transport and a paratroop training tower. Even more fascinating, it evidently first served the KMT (Nationalist) government of China before the forces of Chiang Kai-shek fled to the offshore island of Taiwan. Bob's email and photos are here.

John Armstrong was the first Flying Tiger to die in line of duty, in the crash of his P-40 in September 1941. His relatives have now made a formal request for one of the bodies buried at the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii to be exhumed and subjected to a DNA test in hopes of positively identifying his remains.

I've just now added a list of the Ten Best Books about the Vietnam War. (Two were written by me. Am I biased? You bet. But they're worth reading nevertheless.)

Some good reads this month: Go to the Warbird's Bookshelf for my thoughts on Barbara Tuchman's wonderful and politically incorrect The Guns of August, reissued in advance of the centenary of the First World War; on Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, which I have read for the first time and only now recognize as perhaps the greatest novel of the 20th Century; and also on American Prometheus, a fascinating and irritating biography of the man who more than any other was reponsible for developing the first atomic bombs. 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:

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