Flying Tigers facts for kids
During 1937, Claire Lee Chennault retired from the American military and became the military advisor to China. He to looked at their air force. It was bad, and could not fight their enemy, Japan. In 1938, Chennault was going to make the Flying Tigers. In late 1941, after Pearl Harbor, the Flying Tigers started fighting the Japanese.
The airplane they used was the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. There were about 100 of the fighter aircraft. They could not turn with the Japanese fighters, such as the A6M Zero, Ki-43 Oscar, and Ki-27 Nate, but the P-40 was tough, had more guns, and was faster in a dive.
The Flying Tigers stayed in World War II for the whole time.
Things the Flying Tigers were famous for
The Flying Tigers are well known for things. One thing was their airplane paint, which had a shark face on the sides. They were also known for fighting hard during the war. Franklin D. Roosevelt had said they were good.
List of aces
The following are flying aces from the Flying Tigers, with their air-to-air victory credits: (In alphabetical order).
- Percy Bartelt (5.0)
- William Bartling (5.0)
- Charles Bond (7.0)
- George Burgard (10.0)
- Robert Hedman (6.0)
- David Lee "Tex" Hill (10.25)
- Frank Lawlor (7.0)
- Robert Little (10.0)
- William McGarry (8.0)
- Robert Neale (13.0)
- John Newkirk (7.0)
- Charles Older (10.0)
- Edmund Overend (5.0)
- Robert Prescott (5.5)
- Joseph Camille Rosbert (6.0)
- Richard Rossi (6.0)
- Robert Sandell (5.0)
- Robert H. Smith (5.0)
- Robert T. Smith (8.9 kills)
Images for kids
P-40 Warhawk painted with Flying Tigers shark face at the National Museum of the United States Air Force
1943: A Kittyhawk Mark III of 112 Squadron, taxiing through scrub at Medenine, Tunisia. The ground crewman on the wing is directing the pilot, whose view ahead is hindered by the aircraft's nose.
The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa was a single-engined land-based fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in World War II
Flight leader and fighter ace Robert "R.T." Smith stands next to his P-40 fighter at Kunming, China. The "Flying Tiger" insignia was created by the Walt Disney Company.
Flying Tigers Monument Ocala, Florida Memorial Park
Restored P-40 on display at the National World War II Museum
In Spanish: Tigres Voladores para niños
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