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.



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:

Books etc.:

A good myth never dies:

Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers: "The exciting story of this legendary fighting force that wore American uniforms but Chinese insignia." (WWII magazine) Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

100 Hawks for China - the story of the shark-nosed P-40 that made the Flying Tigers famous. An e-book for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Remains: a story of the Flying Tigers
Remains: a story of the Flying Tigers: "A cracking good yarn" (Air&Space magazine) Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

Lady & the Tigers
The Lady and the Tigers: Olga Greenlaw's 1942 account of her year with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China. Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

Rising Sun Over
Rising Sun Over Burma - Wild Eagles and Flying Tigers - How Japan Remembers the Battle. Kindle edition.

AVG Confidential: A Flying Tiger Reports to the U.S. Navy Noel Bacon on Japan's planes and pilots and and how to combat them. For the Amazon Kindle and other e-book readers.

Incident at Muc
Incident at Muc Wa: The Vietnam novel that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster movie, Go Tell the Spartans. Get the paperback or the Kindle edition.

Poland's Daughter
Poland's Daughter - How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile. Paperback or Kindle edition.

The High Country Illuminator
The High Country Illuminator: A tale of light and darkness and the ski bums of Avalon (fiction). Paperback or Kindle edition.

When I Am Going: Growing Up in Ireland and Coming to America
When I Am Going - Growing Up in Ireland and Coming to America Paperback or Kindle edition.

A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America's
War on Terror
A Vision So Noble - How would John Boyd have dealt with Osama bin Laden? Get the paperback or Kindle edition.

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