The Flying Tigers: the Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan

TitleThe Flying Tigers: the Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKleiner, Samuel M.
Number of Pages294
PublisherViking
CityNew York
Abstract

This book tells the story of the group of young American men and women who crossed the Pacific before the bombing of Pearl Harbor to risk their lives defending the embattled forces of Chiang Kai-Shek's China. These 300 individuals were effectively paid mercenaries, secretly recruited by a mysterious shell company that the U.S. federal government had created to circumvent its official stance of non-intervention in the war. Drawn from across the armed services by the prospect of seeing the world and earning a good salary, the recruits traveled to Burma under false identities in the late summer and fall of 1941 and began training there under legendary general, Claire Chennault. The pilots first saw action twelve days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and for the next seven months performed an invaluable strategic service by keeping the Japanese occupied in China and thus enabling the United States to build up its armaments before fully engaging in the conflict. For their daring exploits and remarkable string of victories, they became known as the Flying Tigers.

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