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Pak Lee's StoryA new book offered by Mr. Keith Lee:
'A Chinese in the AVG'
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.
"Tex" Hill: FLYING TIGER
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.
Flying Tiger; A Crew Chief's Story
Flying Tiger to Air Commando
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.
A Chinese in the AVG
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
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.
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 George R. Bailey (Ret) (Unpublished)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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.