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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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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