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ANNALS OF THE FLYING TIGERS

Yunnanyi street

Here's the village street that is Yunnanyi, much as the American Volunteer Group pilots and ground crew would have seen it in 1942, in a photo by Bob Bergin who this month reports from Kunming about Chinese efforts to protect the Flying Tiger heritage. China's explosive growth is suggested by the taller buildings in the distance and by the new building towering over the street--a Motel 6, perhaps? (Yunnan-yi was the location of the Chinese Air Force flight school in 1941 that was run by Butch Carney under Chennault's direction. Several of its American check pilots joined the AVG combat squdrons when the school was shut down in the spring of 1942. It also served as an intermediate field when the Japanese onslaught reached into Yunnan province.)

I got an interesting email from the daughter of French air force general Pierre Pouyade, who as a young captain was shot down and wounded during the German invasion of France in 1940. Remaining in the Vichy air force, he was posted to Vietnam (French Indochina, as we knew it at the time) as commander of a fighter squadron. When the Japanese took over, he was told to engage any Chinese or "Flying Tiger" aircraft that ventured over the border. As his daughter writes, he was at Lao Kai when the AVG strafed a train there in May 1942 and Lew Bishop was shot down and captured by Vichy French supporters and turned over to the Japanese for questioning. "My father was horrified," Mlle Pouyade writes, "and later [escaped] to join Free French in Kunming." That he did, in October as I see on Wikipedia. He made his way back to Europe by way of New York City, recruiting a Free French unit to fight on the Russian front, credited with eight victories over Belarus, Poland, and East Prussia. Postwar, he rose to the rank of brigadier general in the French air force and after his retirement served as a deputy in the National Assembly. Quite a life! Blue skies! - Dan Ford


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