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 and a close friend of Chennault's, was a member of the first pursuit squadron of the Tigers.
Chennault was born in 1893, but some documents recorded
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7778.)
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.
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 Baptist Church of Commerce (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Incorporation of Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); Historical Stop - Downtown Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); Commerce Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jernigin's Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bruce B. Williams American Legion Post No. 1 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Early Commerce Schools (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Commerce.
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Also see . . . Texas State Historical Association article on General Claire Chennault. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Notable Persons • War, World II •
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