By Bill Yenne
In 1940, Pearl Harbor had now not but occurred, and the USA used to be now not but at struggle with Japan. yet China have been attempting to stave off eastern aggression for 3 years—and used to be determined for airplane and informed strive against pilots.
General Chiang Kai-shek despatched army aviation consultant Claire Chennault to Washington, the place President Roosevelt used to be sympathetic, yet knew he couldn't intrude brazenly. as an alternative, he quietly helped Chennault prepare a gaggle of yankee volunteer pilots.
This used to be how the first American Volunteer Group—more generally known as the Flying Tigers—was born.
With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 warring parties, those military, army and Marine pilots grew to become a sensation as they fought for the chinese language. those that at first doubted them have been finally in awe as they continued over Rangoon regardless of being outnumbered 14-1 via jap airplane; as they have been defined by means of Madame Chiang Kai-shek as her “little angels” and by way of a chinese language international minister as “the soundest funding China ever made”; and as they finally destroyed countless numbers of eastern planes whereas wasting just a dozen in their personal in wrestle. in their veterans might later earn the Medal of Honor—and as a bunch, the Flying Tigers controlled to rack up a greater checklist than the other air wing within the Pacific theater. When Tigers governed the Sky is an exciting and victorious account in their braveness and their legacy.
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