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.
ANNALS OF THE FLYING TIGERS
Seen on eBay, here's a remarkable wartime painting, apparently one of many
in a popular "Strategy" series that glorified the Imperial army and navy
in the opening months of the Pacific War. This one depicts Mitsubishi Ki-21
"Sally" bombers over Rangoon. Because it shows a Brewster Buffalo being
shot down, the date is presumably December 25, 1941, when five of the Royal
Air Force fighers went down and four pilots killed. (The Japanese formations
lost three of the heavy bombers and five fighters, apparently all to the
I'm embarrassed to admit that I forget who tipped me to the imagine
online, but I think it was the invaluable Edward Rogers.
And a tip of the virtual hat to Craig Coltharp, whose dad served with
Martin Cluck, who in 1942 was a second lieutenant
in the 23rd Fighter Group, attached to the Flying Tigers during their
last month in China. There has long been a question about the spelling of
his surname. Mr Coltharp confirms that it was indeed Cluck, and I have
updated the roster accordingly.
Blue skies! — Daniel Ford
A 'Special Air Unit' for China:
The Tigers forge a legend:
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.
The P-40 files:
The Bill Pawley files:
A good myth never dies:
Home again! From Toungoo to the Punchbowl Cemetery, 1941-2016
Billy McDonald, the Hawk 75, and Chennault's combat victories
'Straight from the Tiger's Mouth!'
Ajax Baumler, the 100th Flying Tiger
No, sorry, the AVG never met the Zero in combat
Did the RAF 'sell' victories to the AVG?
1,500 planes shot down? The ultimate AVG myth
Chris Shores on the subject of AVG victory claims
Ed McClure: The Last Flying Tiger Ace
The exfiltration of Mac McGarry
The strange journey of "Little Olson"
Not a Tiger: an imposter 'fesses up
What about that 'phantom P-40' shot down in China?
It's official: the AVG fought for the U.S.
The multiple weddings of Olga Greenlaw
Harvey Greenlaw in Baja: a friend remembers
Erik Shilling, off on his last flight
Hostel Number One and the Hump Bar, Kunming
Tiger Yee of Aurora, Colorado
Preserving the Flying Tiger Heritage
Heroes—but were they legal?
A ghostly airfield in Yunnan province