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Tales of the Flying Tigers: Five Books about the American Volunteer Group, Mercenary Heroes of Burma and China Kindle Edition
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- First Blood for the Tigers: Based on an article for America in WWII magazine, the story of the Tigers' first combat near Kunming, China, in December 1941. Contrary to myth, the AVG didn't fight the Japanese before Pearl Harbor, nor did they shoot down all but one of the enemy when they first met. But the December 20 battle established the odds that Japanese airmen would face when they met the AVG; four bombers destroyed and their crews lost, with no injuries on the American side.
- 100 Hawks for China: The Curtiss P-40s sent to Burma and assembled there for the Chinese Air Force were rightly described as "bastard aircraft," with out-of-spec airframes and engines. Here's the story of how they were acquired, with a facsimile of the Royal Air Force pilot's manual that accompanied them, and everything we know about what happened to each of the aircraft.
- 100 Fair Pilots: Though Chennault's goal had been "100 fair pilots," he actually got 109 of them, including ten flight instructors. Of this group, 67 were credited with one or more Japanese planes destroyed in the air or on the ground, 19 became aces with at least five aerial victories, and 2 earned the Medal of Honor when they returned to the U.S. military. Here is what we know about each of these men.
- Rising Sun Over Burma: Usually overlooked in AVG histories is the fact that the Japanese too had their successes (they conquered Burma, after all!), and that they too wrote about their experiences. From dozens of Japanese-language memoirs and histories of the air war in China and Southeast Asia, I assembled this account of how the contest looked from the point of view of those who fought on the other side.
- AVG Confidental: When the demobilized Tigers made their way home in 1942, they were seized upon by the U.S. Army and Navy, eager to learn about Japanese pilots, tactics, and aircraft. Among those interviews was one with Noel Bacon that the historian John Lundstrom unearthed in the archives and sent to me. Here it is, just as it was recorded in the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics in April 1942.
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 245 pages
- Publication Date : February 19, 2016
- File Size : 4989 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01C0JZ846
- Publisher : Warbird Books; 2020th Edition (February 19, 2016)
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
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