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How many Tigers still with us?

For fifteen years I maintained this page as a tribute to the hardiest of the Flying Tigers of the American Volunteer Group. Then I got the feeling that had become a death watch, like holding a ticking clock over the last man to say goodbye to all that. So I closed it down while we were still ahead of the game, with two pilots and five ground crew still with us. I just couldn't face the thought of looking at the page with only one name on it. Now, alas, that has come to pass. The last pilot died in September 2017, a few months short of his 100th birthday. That left just one ground crew still with us from the original Flying Tigers, the roughly three hundred men and a dozen women recruited by Claire Chennault to build and support an American fighter group within the Chinese Air Force.

I still maintain a complete roster of the 1st AVG and those connected to it in one way or another, along with what we've been able to discover about the men of the 2nd AVG, a bomber group recruited and equipped in the fall of 1941 but aborted after the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor. If you meet a "Tiger," or the child or grandchild of one, you might want to check the roster before you collect the autograph.

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