Flying Tigers
3rd edition


Brewster F2A
over USS Long Island

This pretty drawing from the 1930s shows a Brewster XF2A, drawn by aviation artist Henry Clark. The carrier is probably the USS Ranger, though the forward flight deck is a bit different from contemporary photographs. Perhaps Mr Clark (who made other drawings for Brewster) was merely anticipating the Brewster's adoption by the U.S. Navy, which conducted flight tests of the -X model in 1938. A tip of the virtual hat to Terrence Alleg, whose dad worked for Brewster in the 1930s.

Along the same line, a fascinating Japanese painting has surfaced on eBay, purporting to show the "Christmas raid" on Rangoon, though from the perspective of the attacking force. See it on the Annals of the Flying Tigers.

My classmate Dave Cohen long ago told me how his brother-in-law had made his way by train, foot, and sleigh from German-occupied Warsaw to Russian-controlled Lithuania in January 1940. There, with his mother and father, he became one of the beneficiaries of the Japanese consul's determination to get as many Jews to safety as he could, handing out transit visas to thousands of refugees. Timothy Snyder tells the story of Sugihara-san's rescue mission, among many others, in his monumental history, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. I highly recommend this book. (And at the moment I'm writing this, the Kindle e-book can be had for just $1.99.) For more about my reading last month, both dutiful and entertaining, see the Warbird's Book Club. Blue skies! — Dan Ford

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Here are a thousand or so files on airplanes, pilots, and the wars of the past hundred years, grouped under these headings:

Annals of the Flying Tigers
Annals of the Brewster Buffalo
Annals of Poland: war and exile, 1939-1948
Japan at War, 1931-1945
Annals of the Chinese Air Force
Glen Edwards and the Flying Wing
Remembering Bluie West One
The Spadguys Speak (carrying a nuke to Sevastopol)
Annals of Vietnam
War in the Modern World

Plus these excellent places to look for more: