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Flying Tigers: 35 Old Great Images of American and Chinese Soldiers Fighting Side by Side

Images & Facts if the Flying Tigers

During the war of resistance against Japanese forces, American military photographers snapped thousands of photos of American and Chinese soldiers, engaged in military actions or in everyday life moments in Southern China and Burma. American military archive has collected over the years, historical photographic and video material of inestimable value.

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The American Volunteer Group (AVG), also known as the Flying Tigers, emerged as a unique aerial combat unit in the early years of World War II. Formed under the authorization of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, the AVG predated the United States’ official entry into the war. Comprised of volunteer pilots recruited from the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC), these individuals defied neutrality regulations to assist China in its ongoing War of Resistance against Japan.

Officially, the unit became part of the Republic of China Air Force, maintaining a veneer of neutrality while offering much-needed aerial support.

The AVG consisted of three fighter squadrons, each equipped with approximately 30 P-40 Warhawk aircraft. Following training in Burma, the unit began arriving in China in April 1941. Their baptism by fire came on December 20, 1941, just twelve days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite being a temporary force, the Flying Tigers’ early victories against numerically superior Japanese air forces boosted Chinese morale and demonstrated the effectiveness of American airpower in the region.

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War Theatre #11 (China) CREWS (over)  4x5and 8×10 nges rec’d 9/15/44 from Evaluation Unit. Stamped: No obj to Pub. on grounds of Military Security or Policy – As Amended – 18 Sept 44

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” U.S. SUPPLIES FOR ALLIED FORCES FIGHTING THE JAPANESE IN BURMA
U.S. Army trucks, loaded with troops and supplies, plow through soggy terrain to forward positions in Northern Burma where Chinese and American forces are now engaged in fighting the Japanese.”

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” 4/1/44 U.S. PLANE CARRIES WOUNDED CHINESE SOLDIER TO MEDICAL STATION
A wounded Chinese soldier lieas aboard a U.S. observation plane to be transported from the battle area in Hukawng Valley in Northern Burma to a medical dressing station behind the front line. Under the direction of Liutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell, Commander in Chief of U.S. forces in China, Burma and India, combined Chinese and American forces drove the Japanese from the strategic valley. “

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Source: Sohu

topics: flying tigers images, old photographs of the flying tigers in China

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