This website contains 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
72 years on ...When I attended the Ojai reunion of the American Volunteer Group in 1989, there must have been a hundred Tigers in attendance, and most of them were still spry. Time is cruel, though, as A. E. Houseman once pointed out: "With rue my heart is laden / For golden friends I had / For many a rose-lipt maiden / And many a lightfoot lad." Sure enough, for the group's 72nd reunion at Redstone Arsenal the other week, only three Tigers were in attendance: Chuck Baisden, Frank Losonsky, and Ed Stiles, all ground crew from the 3rd Squadron Hell's Angels. (A fourth AVG veteran, P-40 pilot and former flight instructor Carl Brown, is still with us but did not attend.) The rest are gone, as Housman predicted: "By brooks too broad for leaping / The lightfoot boys are laid / The rose-lipt girls are sleeping / In fields where roses fade." (A Shropshire Lad, 1896)
Is this Tomahawk No. 23?
This portrait of what looks like Tomahawk 23 of the American
Volunteer Group turned up on the internet a couple years ago.
I was a believer, but I've been persuaded otherwise.
Terrill Clements points out that the plane is a K model, which did
indeed see service with the 23rd Fighter Group as well as the Chinese
Air Force. Go here for more.
Blue skies! - Dan Ford
A 'SPECIAL AIR UNIT' FOR CHINA:
THE TIGERS FORGE A LEGEND:
RISING SUN OVER BURMA:
THE P-40 FILES:
A GOOD MYTH NEVER DIES:
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Posted October 2013. Websites ©1997-2013 Daniel Ford; all rights reserved.