"What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay"
When the American Volunteer Group was under consideration in the winter of 1940-1941, the lobbyist Tommy Corcoran quoted those lines to President Roosevelt and thereby cinched the deal. The president gave his nod to the scheme to send 100 Curtiss P-40 fighter planes to China, along with the men to fly and maintain them. To encourage them to give up their military careers, the American volunteers were paid what for 1941 was a fabulous salary, with a cash bonus every Japanese aircraft shot down. All this, at a time when the United States was supposed to be at peace with the world, and neutrality legislation forbade any such activity.
Daniel Ford wrote the prize-winning history, Flying Tigers, published in 1991 and updated in 2007. He has continued to research the men, planes, and activities of the American Volunteer Group, publishing the information in five short e-books that are now collected in this omnibus volume.
Tales of the Flying Tigers is a paperback of 234 pages, with photographs, available at Amazon stores in the U.S. and Europe and also at Barnes & Noble. Or get a signed copy from the author by using your credit card at PayPal, $13.95 Media Mail or $16.95 Priority Mail (U.S. mail addresses only).
Also available as a $4.99 e-book from:
Each of these titles is also available as a $2.99 e-book. (Click on the image for more information.) The e-books also contain source notes and other information not included in the collected version.
Posted May 2016. Websites © 1997-2016 Daniel Ford; all rights reserved.