When Tigers Ruled the Sky

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In 1940, Pearl Harbor had not yet happened, and America was not yet at war with Japan. But China had been resisting Japanese aggression for three years and was desperate for aircraft and trained combat pilots. General Chiang Kai-shek sent military aviation advisor Claire Chennault to Washington, where President Roosevelt was sympathetic, but could not intervene openly. Instead, he quietly helped Chennault put together a group of American volunteer pilots. This group became the 1st American Volunteer Group, more commonly known as the Flying Tigers.

With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 fighters, these Army, Navy and Marine pilots became a sensation as they fought for the Chinese. Those who doubted them were soon in awe as they fought over Rangoon despite being outnumbered 14-1 by Japanese aircraft. Madame Chiang Kai-shek described them as her “little angels” and a Chinese foreign minister called them “the soundest investment China ever made”. They ultimately destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes while losing only a dozen of their own in combat. Two of their veterans would later earn the Medal of Honor. As a group, the Flying Tigers managed to rack up a better record than any other air wing in the Pacific theater. When Tigers Ruled the Sky is a thrilling account of their courage and their legacy.

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In 1940, Pearl Harbor had not yet happened, and America was not yet at war with Japan. But China had been resisting Japanese aggression for three years and was desperate for aircraft and trained combat pilots. General Chiang Kai-shek sent military aviation advisor Claire Chennault to Washington. President Roosevelt was sympathetic, but could not intervene openly. Instead, he quietly helped Chennault put together a group of American volunteer pilots. This group became the 1st American Volunteer Group, more commonly known as the Flying Tigers.

With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 fighters, these Army, Navy and Marine pilots became a sensation as they fought for the Chinese. Those who doubted them were soon in awe as they fought over Rangoon despite being outnumbered 14-1 by Japanese aircraft. Madame Chiang Kai-shek described them as her “little angels” and a Chinese foreign minister called them “the soundest investment China ever made”. They ultimately destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes while losing only a dozen of their own in combat. Two of their veterans would later earn the Medal of Honor. As a group, the Flying Tigers managed to rack up a better record than any other air wing in the Pacific theater. When Tigers Ruled the Sky is a thrilling account of their courage and their legacy.