The Japanese invaded parts of China before they attacked the US at Pearl Harbor. The Chinese tried to fight to hold back the advance of the Japanese. The Chinese did not have sufficient air force to send up against the Japanese. The US could not send troops or military equipment as they were not at war.
A group of volunteers were gathered from the US and sent over to fly American-made P-40 Tomahawks in support of the Chinese. Their aircraft were painted with a shark's teeth on the nose and the national insignia was the 12-pointed white star on a blue circle--not US marking. Their squadron marking was a V with a flying-tiger jumping through it.
Typically, the American was an experienced pilot in the Army or Navy and the government allowed him to be discharged. He signed a contract with someone representing the Chinese government to fly and fight for them. They were sent over on a commericial ship and registered as a "missionary" or "businessman". (I've seen a contract and ship roster from a collection of one of these airmen.)
This group of volunteers were called the American Volunteer Group. The fought for the Chinese until Japan attack US and war was declared. Most of these volunteers re-joined the US Military at that time and they adopted the same shark teeth for their aircraft markings.
The Flying Tigers (or AVG) were created by US General Chennault to fight a war in which the US was not able to participate officially. 100 Curtiss P-40s were ordered by Great Britain, but they were not delivered because the British lacked pilots to fly them. Chennault acquired them and recruited US pilots who joined for adventure, money, or idealism. Not all of these pilots were fighter pilots, and several of the P-40's were crashed before the Flying Tigers entered combat. Documents declassified in 1991 reveal that Chennault urged the formation of a second fighter group, and a bomber group (equipped with a bomber version of the Lockheed Electra to bomb Japan from Chinese bases), but Pearl Harbor ended these plans. After the US went on the offensive, the Flying Tigers were betrayed by the US. The shark face appeared on other P-40s in the CBI (China-Burma-India) theater, but with USAAC insignia instead of the Nationalist Chinese star insignia. General Stilwell was part of this conspiracy, and thereafter any USAAC fighter pilot in the CBI had the right to call himself a Flying Tiger. Robert L. Scott (author of God is my Co-pilot) was one of these Flying Tiger latecomers, and he was an ace, but he was not part of the original AVG.
Claire L. Chennault created and led the Flying Tigers in China
The Flying Tigers were a band of adventurous American pilots who were recruited by the Chinese to protect them from the invading Japanese forces.
Answer this question… They served as part of China's volunteer air force.
Many, but he is remembered for flying a P-40 Tomahawk with the famed Flying Tigers in China during World War II.
Sept 29th in moody air base,ga took flying tigers into then 23rd wing
They helped Chiang Kai-shek fight the Japanese invaders ~ see related link below .
The original Flying Tigers were a group of Americans who volunteered and signed a contract with the Chinese Government to fly (and others worked as mechanics, etc) and fight the Japanese who were invading their country. This was before the US declared war, so these Americans were not in the US Army. After the US entered the war, some of these American volunteers joined the American Army. They formed an official unit within the US Army that was known as the Flying Tigers and also painted the shark's mouth on their fighters. Also the 14th Air Force adopted the flying tiger as their unit insignia.
it was never used in world war 1
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They were known as the Flying Tigers. They got this name because they painted the mouth (showing teeth) and eyes on the noses of their p-40s. This gave them the appearance of flying tigers, ergo the name stuck. This group was commanded by General Chanault.
pacific theater- midway and guadacanal china/burma/india-flying tigers russia/europe-battle of 3,500 tanks
it was used for World War I.
The Flying Tigers , though piloted by Americans , were part of the Chinese air-force which was at war with the Japanese . The 1st American Volunteer Group was a means by which the America government (not yet at war with Japan )could support the Chinese in their war with Japan without being directly associated with the AVG - plausible deniability .
what was the purpose of the ATS
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flying machines aeroplanes
The first war between flying machines (airplanes).
To simply end the war for world war 1, for world war 2 it was end the war and take down the Nazis
The B29 Flying Super Fortress was the greatest bomber of World War 2.
To kill/maim the enemy, as is the purpose of most weapons of war.
The " Flying Circus " was the name given to The Red Baron's fighter squadron.
Yes, there were a bunch of them.
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