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The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault Paperback – July 24, 2016
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"Having read The Shadow Tiger, I stand in awe of a true warrior...a selfless leader and a perfect example of 'the greatest generation.' If you want to be inspired, this is one book you must read." General Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant, US Marine Corps "...one of the best history books of any kind that I've ever read." President Peggy Maher, China National Aviation Corp. Association "McDonald was a great pilot whose life was filled with incredible adventures. I guarantee this book will keep you on the edge of your seat as much as it kept me on the edge of mine." William I. Chivalette, Curator, Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute "Williamson and McDonald are outstanding pilots...If we were to go to war and I were ordered to the front, I would choose these two men to accompany me into combat, and that is the highest compliment a combat formation leader can pay." Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault, Commander of 14th Air Force "Billy McDonald was a badass." Gregory Crouch, author of China's Wings
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The Shadow Tiger is the story of an almost novel-like adventure, which was the life of Billy McDonald, Jr. From a young man determined to be a pilot, to the observations and participation as a brave and often daring pilot in seismic world events, we see an understated hero emerge. Often in the shadow of the renown (occasionally infamous) General Claire Chennault, Billy McDonald witnessed the Japanese invasion of China up close. As part of the Famous Flying Tigers in World War Two, he contributed directly to early defeats of the Japanese Air Force.
McDonald's duties, acquaintances, observations and exploits were preserved in voluminous communications to the family at home, making the author's task one of prioritizing and linking cogent ones into a story. He has done a fine job of that.
A wonderful story of a hero, well told.
Claire Chennault's memoir is notably lacking in talking about his time in China before he set up the Flying Tigers and the McDonald volume is an important contribution to that history in helping to provide the color and context for what Chennault and other Americans were doing in that period. If you wanted to know more about Chennault, the Flying Tigers or American aviators in China, this is a must-read.