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mayor
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How many Chinese were in the AVG and how many are now members of the Association?
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LydiaRossi
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I have asked Keith Lee, son of Pak On Lee to respond to this. Keith has written a book about on the subject, "A Chinese In The AVG".

All of the Chinese AVG have now passed away, however, they were all members of the Flying Tigers Association. If we had their address, they were invited to all the FTA functions. In the earlier days many of them came, but later, not so much. Through the 1980s and 1990s we had many Chinese who had been with the AVG and Chennault in China who were invited and came to the FTA reunions. But as they got older, they quit coming.

The FTA were invited to ROC many times and had wonderful reunion celebrations hosted for them. Banquets hosted by Chiang Kai-shek and the CAF generals. We were flown in CAF airplanes out of Taipei to the Air Force Academy for special tours. We were also flown to the part of the island nearest PRC to see the fortification there. The AVG were held in very high respect by the ROC.
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aaatripp
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Thank you Lydia, for those accurate statements regarding the same status for the Chinese-American engineering helpers as for all of the other members of the AVG.

There were 8 of these engineering helpers---mechanics, and they were sent for specialized training at the Allison plant in Indianapolis, IN.  In addition, there were 4 other Chinese who worked with the AVG, but are not recognized as AVG as they were working directly for the Chinese Air Force.  Keith Lee has an excellent display on the Chinese-American members of the AVG to highlight their efforts and to preserve the legacy of their contributions to our national defense.



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