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The Flying Tigers shot down nearly Japanese planes during seven months of aerial combat in , losing only about 70 U. But equally important to the campaign, says historian Jeff Greene, were the legions of Chinese civilians, who reported sightings of Japanese warplanes to Chennault's headquarters by phone and ham radio.
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It was very rare that the Japanese were able to sneak up on the AVG. It was called the 'spider web' alert system. If you looked at his chain of radios and telephones on a map, it looked like a spider web. Basically, it allowed him to get his forces into a position of advantage, knowing the Japanese would be there in five minutes. In July , with the U. The 23rd Fighter Group was itself later absorbed into a branch of the U.
Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, by Daniel Ford
Air Force, with Chennault as the commander. Lopez says he felt "invincible?. I never thought I could get hurt. And most of the people in the team felt like that. It was that kind of fearlessness that earned the American pilots the Chinese nickname "fei hu dui," literally "the tiger that flies.
Historian Jeff Greene says he's sure their story will live on in China. Anywhere I see young kids, I ask them, 'Do you know? They know. Chinese parents and grandparents thought it was important enough that their children know about the men who came to help. And on this American holiday honoring military veterans, "The Flying Tigers" still hold a special place in history, and the hearts of their countrymen.
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