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Ten Flying Tigers titles worth owning

Two of the books in this List were written by the webmaster, and another was edited by him. Is he biased? You bet! But they're worth owning nevertheless. The cover image and title are linked in most cases to the book at Amazon.com. -- Dan Ford


Lady & Tigers The Lady and the Tigers: Remembering the Flying Tigers of World War II (Olga Greenlaw; edited by Daniel Ford)

A new edition of Olga Greenlaw's 1943 memoir of the American Volunteer Group, with the pukka gen on where the Greenlaws came from and what happened to them after their year with the AVG. You can get an autographed copy from the webmaster. [MORE]


Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942 Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault & the American Volunteer Group (Daniel Ford)

Still the definitive history of the AVG. Published by Smithsonian Institution Press in 1991, revised and updated edition from HarperCollins in 2007. You can get an autographed copy from the webmaster. [MORE]


Tomahawks
AVG Colors & Markings (Terrill Clements)

The last word (maybe) on how those "sharks" were decorated, in another of those handsome paperbacks from Osprey. [MORE]


Tale of a Tiger Tale of a Tiger (R. T. Smith)

I've always thought that R.T. Smith's facsimile diary was one of the best books about the Flying Tigers. Many photographs too. R.T. published the book himself and used to sell it at airshows and by mail. Now out of print, but his son still has some copies, which you can order directly from him.


A Flying Tiger's Diary A Flying Tiger's Diary (Charles Bond & Terry Anderson)

Another excellent first-person account by an AVG ace, this one with a bit of historical perspective by a historian-collaborator, and probably edited a bit for publication. One of the more serious of the Tigers, Bond rejoined the army with a coveted "regular" commission and stayed on to earn a general's star.


Black Sheep One: The Life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
(Bruce Gamble)

This is a superlative biography of one of the best and most troublesome American pilots. Before he became immortal as one of the Black Sheep, Greg Boyington was a Flying Tiger, and Bruce Gamble's account of Pappy's AVG year is a neat snapshot of the group from one man's viewpoint. [MORE]


P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI (Carl Molesworth)

The AVG Flying Tigers are pushed to the background in this volume, presumably because Osprey will publish an "Aces" book just about them. The usual glorious color side-views (including Bob Neale's Number Seven) and AVG victory credits have been corrected by using Frank Olynyk's research. [MORE]


Into the Teeth of the Tiger Into the Teeth of the Tiger (Don Lopez)

A fine book, by one of the young U.S. Army pilots who made up the 23rd Fighter Group that replaced the AVG. Originally published in the Bantam War Books series, now a quality paperback from Smithsonian Institution Press.


China Pilot China Pilot: Flying for Chennault During the Cold War (Felix Smith)

Here's a feast for readers who can't get enough of the man who led the Flying Tigers, the 14th Air Force, and the cargo line that became Air America. Beautifully written--a real classic. [MORE]


Remains Remains (Daniel Ford)

A novel about the American Volunteer Group: Fitz, Blackie, their Anglo-Burman and English girlfriends, and a Japanese suicide pilot cross paths in Rangoon. "You can't beat remains, kid," says a U.S. Army graves-registration officer. "They tell the story every time." You can get an autographed copy from the webmaster. [MORE]


Fei Hu cover Fei-Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers

The very best video about the American Volunteer Group, with interviews not only with Flying Tiger vets but also the Kiwis who flew alongside them and the Japanese who flew against them, plus lots of home movies. [MORE]

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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) Paperback or Kindle edition.

Incident at Muc
Wa
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.

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

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

The Only
War We've Got
The Only War We've Got: A reporter's journal: the Vietnam War before it all went sour. 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.

The Country Northward: a hiker's journal, along the trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire -- "fabulous!" SectionHiker

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

Michael's
War
Michael's War: Two rebels in the County Cork, 1916-1923 (fiction) Paperback or Kindle edition.