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

John Dean Armstrong was the first Flying Tiger to die and the last to be laid to rest. Here's a YouTube video of his burial in Hutchinson, Kansas, on June 14. The Navy honor guard is a recognition that he was one of a majority of AVG pilots who earned their wings at Pensacola. The "missing man" flyover by the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group, honors the lineage of the Flying Tigers as their planes and some of their pilots were inducted into the USAAF in July 1942. (Despite its name, the 75th is an air-to-mud combat force, flying the A-10 Warthog.)

Armstrong, Peter Atkinson, and Maax Hammer were killed in training accidents in the early fall of 1941, and were buried in the St. Luke's (Church of England) graveyard in Toungoo, Burma. I looked for it in 1991 when I was researching the AVG but could find not trace of it. Similarly, when Armstrong's nieces sponsored a closer search in 2004, they learned that the grave markers had been dumped elsewhere, and the churchyard turned into a housing development. They then resorted to the archives and discovered that the graves had been disinterred in 1947. Since they'd couldn't be identified, they were buried temporarily in India, then moved to to the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii. After much battling with the bureaucracies involved, the cousins -- now joined by relatives of Hammer and Atkinson -- managed to get them exhumed for a third time and subjected to DNA tests. All three have now been positively identified and returned to the United States. See the story in the Topeka Capital-Journal for more about Armstrong's journey. Blue skies! — Daniel Ford

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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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