"The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 72 years-old today," wrote James Lindsay for the Council on Foreign Relations blog on September 18. "I asked Col. Curtis R. Bass ... to recommend some reading for people looking to learn more about the air force." The colonel, a visiting fellow at CFR, had four suggestions, including: "Daniel Ford Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942 (2016)"

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Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942

"During the dark, early days of World War II, when the Imperial Japanese army, navy, and air force were running roughshod over Asia and the Pacific, it seemed that nothing could stop them. Only a small band of American mercenary fliers based in Burma and known as the Flying Tigers, led by a leather-faced fighter named Claire Chennault, seemed able to challenge and defeat the Japanese.... The exciting story of this legendary fighting force that wore American uniforms but Chinese insignia is told in Daniel Ford's definitive history of the legendary Flying Tigers. Every page contains a new tidbit of information and rich, long-forgotten detail."World War II magazine

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This is the revised and updated edition of the prize-winning history of the AVG, published in hardcover by Smithsonian Institution Press (1991) and in paperback by HarperCollins (2005). This Warbird Books edition includes much new material. 6x9 inches, 340 pages, with black-white photos and maps. Blue skies! — Daniel Ford

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Notes and Sources
A Flying Tigers bibliography
The Order of Battle - tables and maps
Warplanes of Burma and China
100 Fair Pilots plus 10
AVG victory credits, in the air and on the ground
Chris Shores on the subject of AVG victory claims
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