Files and images about the American Volunteer Group commanded by Claire
Chennault. The AVG Flying Tigers defended Burma and China with their
shark-faced P-40 Tomahawks in the opening months of the Pacific War,
December 1941 - July 1942.
ANNALS OF THE FLYING TIGERS
Claire Chennault and the American Volunteer Group
Amazing what we can find on the internet. I've been researching the lives
of the Flying Tiger pilots, 100 men recruited to fly for the 1st American
Volunteer Group plus 10 army flight instructors who were hired to check
out Chinese cadets for advanced training in the United States. Not
much is known about some of these men, but oddments turn up here and there
when I search by name. Here for example is a photo of
Herbert (Pat) Cavanah, Dick Rossi, and John Hennessy in New York
after they returned from China in August 1942. Louise
Hennessy is standing behind them. Cavanah is one of the former flight
instructors who joined the combat squadrons in the spring of 1942, and
who are mostly ignored in AVG histories.
I've posted a second installment of pilot biographies, from Bert Christman
to Duke Hedman. See them here.
This project began as an update of my Roster of
the Flying Tigers, but it soon got out of hand. So I decided to make
an e-book out of it instead. That should be ready next month. Meanwhile
I'll keep posting the thumbnail biographies here.
Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
A 'Special Air Unit' for China:
The Tigers forge a legend:
The P-40 files:
The Bill Pawley files:
A good myth never dies:
Question? Comment? Newsletter? Send me an
email. Blue skies! -- Dan