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
I first spotted a still photo of this "factory" on a Chinese government website, which a commenter on the Warbird message board identified as probably taken in Kunming late in 1942 because it showed both an AVG Tomahawk and a USAAF P-40K. Then another member linked it to this YouTube video, which is even more fascinating. It not only shows the Tomahawk known as Yuannan Whore, but also a Curtiss C-46 Commando in CNAC warpaint. In best Second World War style, the Chinese characters on the post proclaim: "Working for Righteousness and Peace". 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:
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