Flying Tiger Pano

CarolM

San Bernardino, United States

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Canon D40. Photo taken at Flaybob Airport in Riverside, CA. Post processed in PSE and Smart Photo Editor. Texture added.

Flying Tigers was a nickname of an American Volunteer Group of fighter pilots that fought in China against Japanese forces in the beginning of US entry into World War II The planes were painted with large shark teeth on the front of the plane, which lead to the nickname of The Flying Tigers ..

Flying Tigers was a creation of Claire Chennault, retired US Air Corps major who had become military aviation advisor to Chinese generalissimos Chiang Kai-shek in the Sino-Japanese War. In 1941 Chennault negotiated a purchase of 100 Curtiss P-40C fighters (also known as Tomahawk II ). He visited USA and recruited 100 pilots – 40 from US Army Air Corps and 60 from Navy – and 150 more for the ground crew. All were officers in reserve who were officially discharged to fight as mercenaries in the army of a foreign country. They received a salary of $600 a month plus $500 for each destroyed enemy aircraft. The planes had large numbers to give the look of a much larger flying force. Flying Tigers had three squadrons – 1st Squadron (Adam & Eves); 2nd Squadron (Panda Bears) and 3rd Squadron (Hell’s Angels). 21 pilots were killed or went MIA during the existence of Flying Tigers.

Info from: http://genemcguire.com/Html/History.htm

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