Warmest greetings to members of the AVG Forum and global supporters of the AVG Flying Tigers legacy.
This is a new thread to share with you the return of the 3 Tigers to their families, thanks in large part to the efforts of Lt. Col. Kenneth E. Tilley, USAFR (Ret.), former Historian with JPAC, Mr. Michael Linnington, former Director DPAA, the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.
Maax C. Hammer, Jr. AVG of the 2nd Squadron traveled aboard Delta Airlines flights from Hawaii to Atlanta, and from Atlanta to St. Louis, MO. He was accompanied by his military escort and arrived at the funeral home in Carbondale, IL this afternoon. There will be a visitation on Monday 20 March from 4-6pm at the Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale, IL. Burial will be in a private service with military honors.
We will keep you posted regarding the upcoming returns of Peter William Atkinson and John Dean Armstrong, honoring the wishes of the families.
Maax C. Hammer, Jr. AVG 2nd Squadron "Panda Bears" will be laid to rest with full military honors in a graveside service at 10am, Tuesday 21 March at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, IL.
There will be a "Missing Man" formation flyover by the A-10s of the 74th Fighter Squadron/23rd Fighter Group/23rd Fighter Wing based at Moody AFB, GA. These jets display the FT designation on their tails to signify their legacy from the AVG Flying Tigers. The nose of the "Warthogs" sport the traditional shark-mouth of the AVG originally formulated by Charlie Bond & Erik Shilling on 15 Nov 1941 in Toungoo, Burma. This famous symbol, known worldwide, was passed down from the AVG Flying Tigers to the 23rd Fighter Group (of the China Air Task Force), to the 14th Air Force and finally to the 23FG, whose airmen proudly maintain the legacy to today!