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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Flying Tigers

14th Air Force

 
 
The Flying Tigers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
1. The Flying Tigers Marker
Inscription.

The Flying Tigers blazed their way to glory over the skies of Burma and China in World War II. Retired Army Air Corps Captain and Air Advisor to China, Claire Lee Chennault, organized the American Volunteer Group (AVG) in early 1941 to defend the Burma Road, the lifeline to China. Flying P-40 Warhawks, the AVG compiled a record unequalled in air combat, destroying 299 enemy planes in the air with loss of 12 of their own. In tribute to their daring and skill, the Chinese named the Americans the Flying Tigers.

When the AVG was disbanded on July 4th, 1942, it became the nucleus for the Army Air Corps’ Air Task Force using AVG planes and equipment and some of its personnel. On March 10, 1943, the China Air Task Force became the 14th Air Force. Chennault, promoted to Major General, commanded the Flying Tigers from their inception until July 1945. He later rose to the rank of Lieutenant General.

As the war progressed, more modern fighter planes replaced the P-40 and medium and heavy bombers were added to the Allied Air Fleets in China.

In over three years of operation the United States 14th Air Force lost 500 planes from all combat causes while destroying 2600 enemy planes and probably destroying 1500 more; sank and damaged 2,230,000 tons of enemy merchant shipping, 44 naval vessels, 13,000 river boats,

The China Air Raid Warning System at The Flying Tigers Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
2. The China Air Raid Warning System at The Flying Tigers Monument
knocked out 573 bridges, destroyed thousands of tons of supplies and many thousands of enemy troops.

This monument is dedicated to the memory of those American airmen, support and service personnel, and our gallant Chinese allies of the Republic of China, who served so valiantly and sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom.

The China Air Raid Warning System
The three balls shown at the top of the monument beneath the P-40 depict the air raid (Ching Pao) warning system used in China in WWII. Warnings of possible air raids were received from a network of telephones operated by volunteer spotters. When enemy planes were spotted 150 miles away the first Red Ball was hoisted on a tall pole, a gong sounded, and our fighters alerted for take-off. At 100 miles 2 balls went up and a third ball meant urgent… take shelter. At night candles were put inside the balls.

Conceived, funded and erected by the
Flying Tigers of the
14th Air Force Association
Dedicated July 10th 1992
 
Erected 1992 by the Flying Tigers of the 14th Air Force Association.
 
Location. 39° 46.771′ N, 84° 6.765′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker (Memorial #48) is in the Memorial Park

The Flying Tigers Sponsor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
3. The Flying Tigers Sponsor Marker
of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with museum access off Springfield Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 15th Troop Carrier Squadron (a few steps from this marker); 13th “Jungle” Air Force (a few steps from this marker); USAF Pilot Class 49C (a few steps from this marker); The EC-47 ARDF Mission (a few steps from this marker); USAF Pilot Class 48-C (a few steps from this marker); B/G Edward J Hopkins (a few steps from this marker); 9th Photo Recon Squadron (a few steps from this marker); Marvin T. Koerner, P.E. (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .
1. Flying Tigers Association. (Submitted on April 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Flying Tigers: The Story of the Fourteenth Air Force (Documentary). (Submitted on April 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Annals of The Flying Tigers. (Submitted on April 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. NMUSAF Memorial Park Diagram. (Submitted on April 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
The Flying Tigers Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
4. The Flying Tigers Monument
The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
5. The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker
The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
6. The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker
The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
7. The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker
The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
8. The Flying Tigers Pedestal Marker
The Flying Tigers P-38 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
9. The Flying Tigers P-38 Marker
The Flying Tigers P-47 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
10. The Flying Tigers P-47 Marker
The Flying Tigers P-51 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
11. The Flying Tigers P-51 Marker
The Flying Tigers P-61 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
12. The Flying Tigers P-61 Marker
The Flying Tigers B-24 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
13. The Flying Tigers B-24 Marker
The Flying Tigers B-25 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
14. The Flying Tigers B-25 Marker
The Flying Tigers C-46 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
15. The Flying Tigers C-46 Marker
The Flying Tigers C-47 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
16. The Flying Tigers C-47 Marker
The Flying Tigers Bench image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
17. The Flying Tigers Bench
The Flying Tigers Bench image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
18. The Flying Tigers Bench
The Flying Tigers Bench image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
19. The Flying Tigers Bench
The Flying Tigers Bench image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
20. The Flying Tigers Bench
The Flying Tigers Emblem image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
21. The Flying Tigers Emblem
The Flying Tigers Emblem image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
22. The Flying Tigers Emblem
The Flying Tigers Emblem image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
23. The Flying Tigers Emblem
China Air Raid Warning System Topping the Flying Tigers Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
24. China Air Raid Warning System Topping the Flying Tigers Monument
Chennault Relief on the Flying Tigers Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
25. Chennault Relief on the Flying Tigers Monument
The Flying Tigers Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
26. The Flying Tigers Monument
NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
27. NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26. submitted on April 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   27. submitted on December 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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