They would later become famous as the "Flying Tigers," but they were known officially as the American Volunteer Group
, serving in the Chinese Air Force under Claire Chennault, a former US Army stunt pilot from backwoods Louisiana who had gone to China in 1937 for a chance to start his life over.
Officially known as the American Volunteer Group
or AVG, the outfit became popularly known as the Flying Tigers.
With John Wayne in the starring role, the movie was about an American Volunteer Group
of fighter pilots commanded by Gen.
Though his skills as an aviator forecasted a promising career, his personal and professional troubles led him to join the famed American Volunteer Group
(AVG) in an attempt once again to restart his life, looking for some acceptance.
Claire Chennault, of the famed "Flying Tigers" American Volunteer group
, which flew against the Japanese in China prior to the United States officially entering World War II.
Wayde Benson of New Orleans and his friend, Mark Ferketise, both retired Marines, also came to see the P-40E -- the last model flown by the 1st American Volunteer Group
formed in China by Chennault, who was then acting as a civilian adviser to the nationalist Chinese government.
Very different, at least to me, are aggregations of professional service airmen brought together at the behest of governments to achieve some strategic purpose (e.g., the American Volunteer Group
in China, or Air America in Indochina).
I'm not sure if this counts, but Robert Scott wrote a book entitled "God Is My Co-Pilot," an autobiographical account of his service with the American Volunteer Group
, the famous Flying Tigers of WWII.
Back at Quantico he learned that President Roosevelt had authorized pilots to resign their commissions to join the American Volunteer Group
, soon known popularly as the Flying Tigers.
He plays the leader of the American Volunteer Group
, mercenaries who helped the Chinese fight the Japanese prior to the attack on Pearl Harbour.
In this vivid and fact-filled historical account of aerial combat, Daniel Ford completely updates and revises his 1991 work describing the extraordinary accomplishments of the pilots and support crews of the 1st American Volunteer Group
(AVG) in the earliest days of World War II.
Flying Tigers was the nickname of the 1st American Volunteer Group
, consisting of United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots and ground crew, recruited under presidential sanction.