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.

The High Country


Colonel Short Not only is she better looking than Claire Chennault, but Colonel Jennifer Short may well have more combat hours behind her -- 430 of them, in the A-10 Warthog in the Middle East. However that may be, she is the new commander of the 23rd Fighter Wing, whose pilots call themselves Flying Tigers, which descended from the 23rd Fighter Group, USAAF, which in turn replaced the American Volunteer Group of 1941-1942. Of the air-to-mud Warthogs, she says: "They're the most deployed wing out there, so the chance to lead this wing is just incredible.... We're getting ready to deploy an A-10 squadron down range to go do the business against ISIS." (I like that "down range"! Hoo hah, Colonel!)

When Olga and Harvey Greenlaw returned to the United States in September 1942, Harvey looked for work similar to what he had done in China and Burma. One of his pals forwarded his credentials, such as they were, to the aviation artist Clayton Knight, who had recruited pilots for the Royal Canadian Air Force before the U.S. entered the war. I just now discovered that Mr. Knight was, in a manner of speaking, the father of the infamous child Eloise, whose biography I'm sorry to say outsells any of my books. It was illustrated by Hilary Knight, Mr. Knight's daughter. Perhaps Harvey would have done better to ask her to help!

Flying Tigers, China My history of the Flying Tigers has been translated into Chinese and will be published later this year. Alas, I don't know when, and I haven't seen the book, but to judge by the the front cover it seems to be a hardcover edition. The deal was arranged by HarperCollins, and the content will therefore be the 2007 second edition rather than the most recent version. And no, they didn't ask much advice on the cover, but I trust the publishers know their market. Certainly the earlier publishers did: the book has sold close to 100,000 copies in hardcovers and paperbacks from Smithsonian Books, Military Book Club, HarperCollins, and Warbird Books. Blue skies! — Daniel Ford

Flying Tigers
3rd edition

A 'Special Air Unit' for China:

The Tigers forge a legend:

Half price and postpaid! I still have some copies of the iUniverse edition of Remains: A Story of the Flying Tigers. (The cover was different and the price was higher.) While they last, you can get one for $7.98 postpaid, sent by Media Mail to your U.S. postal address. PayPal rolls your credit card; I sign the book and put it in the mailbox, usually the same day.

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