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.



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 member of the AVG Flying Tigers to die in line of duty, in the crash of his P-40 in September 1941, after he collided with Gil Bright's aircraft during a mock dogfight. He was buried with some ceremony at St Luke's Church in Toungoo, where two other pilots soon joined him. Last year we learned that four bodies were moved to India after the war, and then repatriated to the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii, where they remained unknown to anyone for more than half a century. Now Armstrong's relatives have made a formal request for one of the bodies to exhumed and given a DNA test in hopes of positively identifying his remains. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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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." (WWII magazine) Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

100 Hawks for China - the story of the shark-nosed P-40 that made the Flying Tigers famous. An e-book for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Remains: a story of the Flying Tigers
Remains: a story of the Flying Tigers: "A cracking good yarn" (Air&Space magazine) Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

Lady & the Tigers
The Lady and the Tigers: Olga Greenlaw's 1942 account of her year with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China. Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

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

AVG Confidential: A Flying Tiger Reports to the U.S. Navy Noel Bacon on Japan's planes and pilots and and how to combat them. For the Amazon Kindle and other e-book readers.

Incident at Muc
Incident at Muc Wa: The Vietnam novel that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster movie, Go Tell the Spartans. Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

Poland's Daughter
Poland's Daughter - How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile. Paperback or Kindle edition.

The High Country Illuminator
The High Country Illuminator: A tale of light and darkness and the ski bums of Avalon (fiction). Paperback or Kindle edition.

When I Am Going: Growing Up in Ireland and Coming to America
When I Am Going - Growing Up in Ireland and Coming to America Paperback or 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? Get the paperback or Kindle edition.

Taildragger Tales: My late-blooming romance with a Piper Cub and her younger sisters. An ebook for the Amazon Kindle.

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