Commerce in Hunt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Birthplace of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault
(1890 - 1958)
Four years later, with World War II spreading, he received permission from the U. S. to seek a corps of American airmen to help train the Chinese. A total of 252 men—87 pilots and 165 ground personnel—joined the "American volunteer group." Its popular name resulted from a misunderstanding of the sharks' teeth painted on the noses of the aircraft.
The Tigers formed three squadrons—"Adam and Eve," "Panda Bears," and "Hell's Angels"—supported by the expert pilots of the China National Aviation Corps, a daring supply transport group. So effectively had Chennault studied Japanese air tactics that his tiny band officially destroyed 539 enemy aircraft while losing only 90 itself. During 1941-1942, they checked Japan's invasion of China, then joined regular units. Jack Cornelius, also a native of Commerce
Chennault was born in 1893, but some documents recorded 1890, possibly for him to attend college immediately after graduating high school.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7778.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 33° 14.892′ N, 95° 54.172′ W. Marker is in Commerce, Texas, in Hunt County. Marker is at the intersection of Monroe Street and Ash Street when traveling south on Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 Monroe Street, Commerce TX 75428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Commerce Churches (a few steps from this marker); First Presbyterian Church of Commerce (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Commerce (about 700 feet away); Incorporation of Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); Historical Stop - Downtown Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); First Christian Church of Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); Commerce Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jernigin's Store (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Commerce.
Related markers.list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Texas State Historical Association article on General Claire Chennault. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.