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.

100 Hawks for China


Claire Chennault and the American Volunteer Group

I'm selling my prize copy of Erik Shilling's memoir, Destiny: A Flying Tigers Rendezvous With Fate. It's autographed by Erik and also by AVG aces Tex Hill and Joe Rosbert, plus three ground crewmen. $75 in Amazon's collectible pile. (There are a few other signed copies on offer, if this one is gone by the time you get there.)

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1st American Volunteer Group, and there will of course be a reunion of the much-depleted ranks of the original Flying Tigers. (The propaganda ambitions of China and the laziness of American journalists have managed to fudge the legacy of the AVG. Not only are uniformed members of the CATF and 14th Air Force now generally identified as Flying Tigers, but so are the Chinese airmen who fought alongside them and before them, starting as early as 1931.)

The reunion dates are September 21-25 in Atlanta. As the AVG ranks diminish, the background scenery grows larger: Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK) promises to transform itself into a vintage WW2 airfield with "the largest gathering of P-40 Warhawks in recent history." The Dixie Squadron of the Commemoration Air Force (known as the Confederate Air Force before it became politically correct) will host the planes and as many Tigers and hangers-on as are able to honor the day.

Flying Tigers

A 'Special Air Unit' for China:

The Tigers forge a legend:

Flying Tigers

The P-40 files:

The Bill Pawley files:

Books etc.:

A good myth never dies: