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ANNALS OF THE FLYING TIGERS

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.

A casket exhumed at Punchbowl
cemetery
In April, four graves at Punchbowl national cemetery outside Honolulu were exhumed and the remains taken away for DNA testing. The bodies came from the graveyard in Toungoo, Burma, and three very likely are those of the AVG pilots killed in training accidents in September and October of 1941. The relatives of Pete Atkinson, John Armstrong, and Maax Hammer have tried for years to repatriate the graves, but it turned out that all along they were on American soil. They were exhumed in 1948, buried temporarily in India, and then moved to Honolulu, where they were listed as "unknown." That may cease to be the case in a month or two when testing is concluded. (A tip of the virtual hat to Patrick Moore, who took the photo.)

Was there ever a year when a movie about the American Volunteer Group wasn't in the works? 2016 is proving to be no exception, with Variety reporting last week: "Skydance and Alibaba Pictures are teaming up on the World War II pic 'The Flying Tigers,' which chronicles the first American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force that fought alongside the Chinese in WWII. 'Braveheart' screenwriter Randall Wallace is penning the script. Skydance's David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce along with Alibaba." For more, go here

Oops! Flying Tigers will be out of print for a few months, since HarperCollins has handed the book back to the original publisher. However, I'm still well supplied! I'll send you an autographed copy for the retail price, $15.95 including delivery by Media Mail. If you're in a hurry, or live in Alaska or Hawaii, then make it $18.95 for Priority Mail. (PayPal runs your credit card or otherwise takes care of the payment details, and I mail the book, usually the next day.) The e-book should be back on line in a few weeks. The paperback will take a bit longer, because I'm taking the opportunity to bring the text up to date.

A useful companion to the history is Tale of the Flying Tigers, a collection of five short books about the AVG, now available as a paperback from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. For more, go here.

Remains - A Story of the Flying Tigers

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The Tigers forge a legend:

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