The 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, famously nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army (USAAF), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC), recruited under presidential sanction and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The ground crew and headquarters staff were likewise mostly recruited from the U.S. military, along with some civilians. The group consisted of three fighter squadrons with about 20 aircraft each. It trained in Burma before the American entry into World War II with the mission of defending China against Japanese forces. When the United States officially entered the war, the AVG had 82 pilots and 79 aircraft, although not all were combat-ready. The AVG had its first combat on 20 December 1941. I found that this information very interesting because of some of it reminds me of the Tuskegee Airman lost history and impact with the US military. To read further information about San Diego’s Chinese American Veterans click here .
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