Pak Lee's Story

A new book offered by Mr. Keith Lee:

'A Chinese in the AVG'

The story of an 18 year old Chinese immigrant who was sent to America in 1935, leaving his 17 year old bride back home in China.  Within six years he qualified to be an original member of the American Volunteer Group.  He would return to China to serve with the Flying Tigers for the entire War.  Returning with him were eight other Chinese Americans as part of the original AVG.  Upon settling in Kunming, two other Chinese Americans were added to the AVG; a total of 11 Chinese Americans.  Their story has now been published, based on Pak On Lee's collection of photographs and documents.  In writing Pak's biography, Kee J. Pon was interviewed to provide first-hand accounts of the Chinese of the AVG and Pak's wife's presence with him on the battlefield.  She stayed with him as he served with the China Air Task Force and the USA Fourteenth Air Force.  They survived the War as a family of four to return to America.  Sadly, it appears all the Chinese AVG have passed; but Pak's wife survives. 

Price: $29.50
Copyright 2013

Books by the Tigers & Family members

Way of a Fighter

 By Claire Lee Chennault.  Copyright 1949. Reprinted 1991, James Thorvardson & Sons, Tucson, AZ.

A Flying Tiger's Diary

By Charles R. Bond, Jr.  Copyright 1984. Charles R. Bond Jr. and Terry Anderson. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX.  Source: Maj. Gen. Charles R. Bond Jr. (Ret), 8600 Skyline Dr. #1113, Dallas, TX 75242.

By David Lee "Tex" Hill, Brig. Gen., Texas Air National Guard and Maj. Reagan Schaupp, USAF.  Copyright  2003.  Universal Bookbindery, San Antonio, TX.     

Tale of a Tiger

By R.T. Smith.  Copyright 1986. Published by Tiger Originals, Van Nuys, CA.
Source:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flying Tiger; A Crew Chief's Story

Frank S. Losonsky.  Copyright 1996. Frank Losonsky and Terry Losonsky, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, PA. Source: Schiffer Publishing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flying Tiger to Air Commando

By Chuck Baisden.  Copyright 1999-Schiffer Publishing Ltd. Atglen, PA. Order source: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Escape from Hell; An AVG Flying Tiger's Journey

By Lewis Sherman Bishop and Shiela Bishop Irwin.  Copyright 2004 by Shiela Bishop Irwin. Tiger Eye Press.
Order Source: contact Shiela Bishop Irwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to 105 Parkview Drive, Bloomington IL 61701.

A Chinese in the AVG

By Keith Lee.  Copyright 2013.  Place orders at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    (Price $29.50)

To Soar with the Tigers

By:  Jennifer A. Holik with Robert Brouk. Published 2013

The Tiger's Widow - the story of Virginia Brouk

By:  Jennifer A. Holik, published July, 2014.

Through the Eyes of a Tiger:  The John Donovan Story

By:  Susan Jimison, Released August 22, 2015.

Chennault and the Flying Tigers

 By Anna Chennault.  Copyright 1963. Reprinted 1966, Paul S. Erikssen, Inc.  New York.

Flying Tiger Joe's Adventure Story & Cookbook

By C. Joseph Rosbert.  Copyright 1985. Giant Poplar Press, Franklin, NC.
     Source: C. J. Rosbert, 600 Park Grove Dr. Apt. 114, Katy, TX 77450

Destiny: A Flying Tiger's Rendezvous With Fate

By Erik Shilling.  Copyright 1993/97.  Alta Loma, CA.
Source: Ilse Shilling, 64810 Starwood Dr., Bend OR 97701

Roar of a Tiger

By James H. Howard. 
Copyright 1991. Orion Books, New York, NY.

With Chennault in China: A Flying Tiger's Diary

By Robert M. Smith.  Copyright 1984. Source: Schiffer Publishing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

China: The Remembered Life

By Paul Frillmann.  Copyright 1968. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

Herman the German

By Gerhard Neumann.  Copyright 1984 by Gerhard Neumann. William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, NY

Leo The Tiger

By Leo J. Schramm.  Copyright 1992 by Leo J. Schramm.
Source: Sue Schramm Christopher, 3479 Stockton Dr., Mount Pleasant, SC 29466, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

My Military Diary

Col. George R. Bailey (Ret) (Unpublished)

Tiger Tenacity; Courage and Determination Forged the Don Rodewald Story

As told to Kenneth T. Meredith, Granite Falls Books, Golden State Press, Lake City Colorado
Order source: Granite Falls Books, P.O.Box 115, Lake City, CO 81235

"Tex" Hill: Flying Tiger - by David "Tex" Hill

Born the son of missionary parents in Korea, David "Tex" Hill has become one of America's most famous and beloved fighter aces. "Tex" Hill: Flying Tiger recounts his intriguing early life, standout career, and non-stop adventures of all kinds.  Tex's story is inescapably intertwined with those of Claire Chennault, the famed 'Flying Tigers', and the nation of China, and this book weaves all three fascinating storylines into a masterful tapestry, certain to entertain and educate.

Tex and his grandson relate Hill's exploits through his naval aviation days and on to the Far East, where a motley collection of maverick airmen and ground crew -- the American Volunteer Group -- changed the face of the war in China and Burma through unparalleled valor.

The story then moves on to Tex's command of America's first jet-equipped fighter squadron and the creation of the Texas Air National Guard.  The authors include a hard-hitting assessment of the failures and missed opportunities that changed China's stance toward America and the West just a few short years after their wartime alliance.

Finally, Tex's foray in the the realms of Hollywood filmmaking, African big game hunting, mineral mining in Mexico, and operating oil interests in south Texas round out the tale, providing an insightful look into the life of one of World War II's premier flying legends.



Rossi Article - Western Flying magazine

The following article was written by J. Richard Rossi for

Western Flying magazine, September, 1942

We had only the old Tomahawks (predecessor of the current P-40 of fighter planes) to work with over in Burma and China, but everyone seems to think we did a pretty good job with them.  We, too, think we had splendid success.

I enjoyed every minute of it, but I'd like to set the public right on several points.  First, I want to add my words of praise to those already spoken about our Curtiss Tomahawks.  Except for a few P-43's, it was the only plane we had in Burma and, properly used, its performance could not be questioned.  The Japs didn't show us anything superior in all-around ability.


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Joe Rosbert's Book

The following excerpts are from Joe Rosbert's Book

"Flying Tiger Joe's Adventure Story Cookbook"

February 24, 1942, Rangoon, Burma

Five of our planes went to escort a flight of British Lancaster bombers on a mission to hit the Japanese ground forces just north of Moulmein. Except for the danger of being hit by anti-aircraft fire, the operation was fairly routine. So we were surprised when one of our returning planes did a double victory roll over the field; that meant he had shot down two Japs. Soon the others came over also doing victory rolls.

Read more: Joe Rosbert's Book

Frank Losonsky's Book

The following excerpts are from Frank Losonsky's book

"Flying Tiger - A Crew Chief's Story"

March 5 - 8, 1942

"Pappy" Boyington's flight crash lands in Wenshan, China.

When Stan (Regis) and I returned to Kunming, we were told the 2nd Squadron had lost four aircraft near Wenshan near the Indochina border. All had crashed landed in a rice paddy. The aircraft were escorting the Generalissimo and his wife, the Madame, up to Chungking. About half way up the flight leader, Boyington, turned the flight back because of low fuel and bad weather. Unfortunately the P-40s ran out of gas and crash landed just a few miles from the Japanese.

Read more: Frank Losonsky's Book

Chuck Baisden's Book

The following excerpts are from Chuck Baisden's Book

"Flying Tiger to Air Commando"

January, 1942, Kunming, China

In Kunming we stayed in the dormitory of what had been a university. Keith Christensen and I shared a room on the second floor. We had a houseboy to keep the place clean and get our laundry done. He got us a clay charcoal pot to provide some heat for the room. It was cold in Kunming. We almost asphyxiated ourselves one night when we forgot to open a window and the charcoal heater used up most of the oxygen in the room.

Read more: Chuck Baisden's Book

Erik Shilling's Book

The following excerpts are from Erik Shilling's Book

"Destiny - A Flying Tiger's Rendezvous With Fate"

December 10, 1941, Toungoo, Burma

Ed Rector, Bert Christman and myself were assigned the first AVG mission against the Japanese, a photo expedition. We departed early in the morning for Rangoon. From there we went to Tavoy, refueled and proceeded to Bangkok. We had to grab altitude as rapidly as possible after taking off since the pictures were to be taken at 26,000 feet. Bangkok was 160 miles away so we had to reach our altitude fifty miles before getting to our target. It took the P-40 almost thirty minutes to get to 26,000 feet.

Read more: Erik Shilling's Book

Charlie Bond's Book

The following excerpts are from Charlie Bond's Book

"A Flying Tiger's Diary"

June 12, 1942, Kweilin, China

Our early morning game of cribbage was interrupted by an alarm of a Jap observation plane coming over. We took off and circled west of the field, Bob Neale with a flight of four at eighteen thousand feet, George Burgard with a flight of three at twenty thousand feet, and me with a flight of four at fifteen thousand feet. They came, and we started after them. On my wing, Joe Rosbert moved in close and fired his guns to get my attention. He pointed to a flight of five Japanese bombers to my lower right. I had almost committed my formation to Japs at my left front, but with the altitude advantage I agreed with Joe. We attacked the lower formation.

Read more: Charlie Bond's Book