All about the American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers," the Japanese and Chinese military during the Second World War, the Northrop Flying Wing, Poland's experience of war and exile, and other subjects that take my fancy from time to time. Enjoy! -- Dan Ford

100 Hawks for China


revetments as seen on Google Earth

In recent months I've been posting stuff about the airfield at Loiwing, on the China-Burma border, where Bill Pawley assembled warplanes and Claire Chennault based his Flying Tigers after they were run out of Burma. Here's the most recent treasure, spotted by Lieuwe Montsma, a Netherlander who lives in Yunnan province. He zeroed in on the Google Earth images we've been discussing lately, and he found the revetments from 70 years ago, still visible in the farmers' fields. I'd love to hear from anyone who has a theory of why they're still extant. Were they made of concrete? Did the farmers find them useful to protect a field from the wind? (The inset shows the same revetments in 1944, from a USAAF reconnaissance photo of what was then a Japanese field.) Go here for more.

Some good reads this month: Go here for my comments about The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis, the greatest novel I have read in many years. (Trigger warning: the "zone of interest" is Auschwitz.) And about WWII: A Chronicle of Soldiering by the late novelist James Jones. It wasn't meant that way, but it is a splendid short history of the Second World War, by a man who fought in it and wrote about it. And I'm still plugging Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin, an amazing biography of the dictator's early years. (Or click on the titles to see the books on Amazon.)

I am a strong believer in the notion that digital editions should be priced under five dollars. I am delighted to see that HarperCollins has dropped the price of Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Vounteers, 1941-1942 to $4.74, less than half what it used to be. (Or that's the price that's offered to me when I go there. Amazon sometimes plays tricks with pricing.) Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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Here are a thousand or so files on airplanes, pilots, and military history, grouped under these headings:

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

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? Paperback or Kindle edition.

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" Paperback or Kindle edition.

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

Question? Comment? Newsletter? Send me an email. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford