"THE FLYING TIGERS: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan Before Pearl Harbor" is a well-written, comprehensive account of one of the most unique fighter units of the Second World War.
Officially known as the American Volunteer Group (AVG), the Flying Tigers was conceived and brought into being in July 1941 through the efforts of its commander, Claire L. Chennault (a former U.S. Army Air Corps fighter pilot who resigned his commission in 1937 to offer his services to China in its war with Japan), President Roosevelt and various members of his Administration. Five months later, with America's entry into the war, the AVG, following an extensive training program, was put on a wartime footing. Indeed, between December 20, 1941 (when the AVG first saw action against Japanese military forces) and July 5, 1942 (when the AVG went out of existence and U.S. Army Air Force fighter and bomber units arrived in China to continue the fight against Japan), the Flying Tigers established, against great odds, an outstanding combat record in fighting Japan in both China and Burma.
This book also presents photos (some never before seen in any previous AVG history) and fascinating, heart-warming personal stories of the pilots and personnel of the AVG - including a nurse, Emma Foster, and a special, enduring relationship she developed with one of the AVG pilots - which make the Flying Tigers story more tangible and real to the reader.
"THE FLYING TIGERS" is a story that will appeal to anyone who loves human interest stories and seeks inspiration from them.