Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942

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Based on personal papers and official records, this account provides information on the group of unorthodox fighter pilots who protected China during World War II.

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In this second edition of his 'revisionist' history masterpiece, Daniel Ford tightens up the tale ... and adds dramatic new details -- SeacoastNH, August 19, 2007

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Some second thoughts about "Flying Tigers"
The Tigers were the heroes of my boyhood, during World War II, and after five years of researching and writing their history, I concluded with the words: "All honor to them."

Imagine my surprise when the survivors (with a few good-hearted exceptions) went ballistic when they read the book. The problem, of course, was that only 110-120 of their 296 "confirmed" victories could be validated in Japanese accounts of these same combats. Incredibly, of 60-odd authors who've written about the American Volunteer Group, not one had ever bothered to ask that most fundamental question: how many planes did the Japanese actually lose to the AVG, in the air and on the ground?

I could write a better history of the AVG today. (Amazingly, new information does keep cropping up, nearly 60 years after the fact.) But I'm so gun shy about the veterans' reaction that I would probably omit some references to the courage of the Japanese airmen, and also skip over some of the AVG's less glorious moments. And what kind of a history would that have been?

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