This website contains 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.

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ANNALS OF THE FLYING TIGERS

Tommi 77 at Rangoon
Here's a neat photo, which I'd never seen before. It shows R.T. Smith's Tomahawk with one of the jeeps that the AVG liberated from the Lend-Lease mountain on the Rangoon docks. (I first identified the jeep as a Willys product, but have since been corrected: it's a Ford model!) Note the RAF 67 Squadron Brewster Buffalo in the background.

I've long had a page about Ray Whitehead of the Chinese Air Force and the AVG, or rather about the two Ray Whiteheads, one who died in Georgia and the other in Hong Kong. Now I've heard from his daughter, who solves the puzzle and adds some details from his own account.

And Bob Bergin has reconstituted his article about the death of Jack Newkirk, shot down in Thailand in March 1942. I inadvertently wiped it out by uploading another page on top of it. Bob has taken the opportunity to update the story, well worth reading. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford


A 'SPECIAL AIR UNIT' FOR CHINA:

THE TIGERS FORGE A LEGEND:

THE P-40 FILES:

BOOKS ETC.

A GOOD MYTH NEVER DIES:

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