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 RED Friday "Flying Tigers", Short Article I'm writing to commeroate the AVG on RED Friday (2 Replies, Read 6279 times)
Lincoln
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The American Volunteer Group or “Flying Tigers”



Prior to American Involvement in World War Two the Chinese Government hired a Retired Army Air Corps Captain, Claire Chenault, to review their Air Force.  The Chinese Air Force was in a sorry state because every political friend of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek or his wife sought to have their eldest son appointed to the Air Force.  Being born to a wealthy Chinese Family does not automatically qualify you for flight training and many of these young men were killed just learning the basic operation of their aircraft.

The Japanese had invaded China in 1933 and had over-run roughly 1/3rd of Chinese Territory and annexed it to Japan as a territory known as Manchukuo.  The Japanese continued hostility against China and ruthlessly bombed their cities.  The Young Chinese pilots who survived basic flight training would sortie to meet the Japanese aggressor and many of them died to the skill of the experienced Japanese Aviators.

Claire Chenault convinced the Chinese to let him go back to America and plead for American Help.  Working with Americans sensitive to China’s plight and some influential Chinese who were in America Chenault was able to convince the Roosevelt administration to lend the Chinese enough to buy a contingent of Aircraft and lure some American Pilots and Ground Crews too work for China.

The men who volunteered came from all over America, many of the volunteer’s came from Selfridge Field in Michigan.  They came from different walks of life and for different reasons.  These men had all been through the Great Depression and were eager for work.

The Roosevelt Administration allowed these individuals to resign from their service contracts and sign on with CAMCO the Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company which had reached an agreement with the Chinese Government to service and operate the Aircraft.

One Hundred Curtiss P-40C aircraft were taken from an allotment of Aircraft which were going to the British and were instead shipped to China. One of the Aircraft lost its wings when they fell while they were being unloaded at the dock in Rangoon, Burma.

Meanwhile one hundred pilots and three hundred mechanics, armorers and other assorted maintenance personnel from the Army, Navy and Marines traveled to China aboard three different ships.

Around August 1941 the whole force was brought together at an English Airfield in Burma to begin training for operations against the Japanese. When they finally got to Asia, they had to live through 115-degree days, insects, no electricity, bad food, and still learn to fly and fight. They had to do this with obsolete planes, no spare parts, and no hope of outside help.

Unfortunately, before their training was completed, the Japanese attacked the United States, Burma, the Philippines and Australia in December of 1941.

They AVG’s first combat mission was December 20th 1941 when twenty-five Japanese bombers approached the city of Kunming China to begin their seasonal bombing campaign.  The twenty-five bombers were met by fifteen considered obsolete P-40s bearing grinning shark’s teeth.  In the ensuing combat one of the AVG personnel was killed and ten of the attacking bombers destroyed.  The Remaining bombers dropped their bomb loads over the jungle and turned back to their Air Base in Vietnam.  When the fourteen pilots landed their aircraft they were met by thousands of the people from Kunming who were grateful to the flying sharks of the air.

During the next eight months the AVG would be given credit for destroying 296 Japanese aircraft in the air and on the ground for a loss of fourteen of their own in combat.

The main thing that makes the AVG/Flying Tigers such an important part of history to me is when the AVG were active, it was one of the darkest moments in American history.  My father has told me of the early days of the war, when there was no good news coming over the radio.  We had been attacked in Hawaii, we had been attacked in the Philippines and our troops there were backed into a small peninsula called Bataan.  Our forces on the Island forces of Corregidor in Manila bay had been forced to surrender and we had no capability to strike back at the enemy at that time.  The Germans had taken most of Europe and were relentlessly bombing England.

But there was one bright spot, the exploits of the American Volunteer Group in China flying their obsolete aircraft at the end of one of the farthest reaching supply lines, underfed Americans kept their planes flying and were giving the Japanese better than they got and giving hope to the rest of the free world.
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RED Friday "Flying Tigers"
Lincoln
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Please read the above post and provide critique for corrections.

I'm trying to keep it short, I've been advised a lot of people have a short attention span.
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aaatripp
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cousin of Maax C. Hammer, Jr., AVG 22Sep41 RIP
Hello Lincoln,

Thank you for your recent thread on the history of the AVG Flying Tigers.

There are several items which need to be corrected.  Will post them shortly.

Thanks again!



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