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Author Kleiner, Samuel M. (Samuel Miller), 1987- author.

Title The Flying Tigers : the untold story of the American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan / Sam Kleiner.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Viking, [2018]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Cherry Valley PLD Adult Non-Fiction - CHVY-11  951.042 KLE    AVAILABLE
 East Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - EMPG-6  951.042 KLE    AVAILABLE
 Franklin Grove PL Stacks - FGLY-12  951.04 KLE    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - MPLG-6  951.042 KLE    AVAILABLE
 Morris Area PL Adult Non Fiction - MRBB-3  951.04 KLE    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  951.042 KLE    AVAILABLE
 River Valley DL Adult Non-Fiction - RVLG-7  951.042 KLEIN    AVAILABLE
Description v, 294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-284) and index.
Contents Dancing in the sky -- Meeting the princess -- The Rape of Nanking -- The international squadron -- Exile in the Chinese hinterland -- An air unit for China -- Training in Toungoo -- Wartime -- Legends in their own time -- Christmas in Rangoon -- Burmese days -- Aerial guerrilla warfare -- Last stand -- Black sheep down.
Summary "The thrilling story behind the American pilots who were secretly recruited to defend the nation's desperate Chinese allies before Pearl Harbor and ended up on the front lines of the war against the Japanese in the Pacific. Sam Kleiner's Flying Tigers tells the story of the group young American men and women who crossed the Pacific before Pearl Harbor to risk their lives defending the embattled forces of Chiang Kai-Shek's China. These 300 individuals were effectively paid mercenaries, secretly recruited by a mysterious shell company that the federal government had created to circumvent its official stance of non-intervention in the war. Drawn from across the armed services by the prospect of seeing the world and earning a good salary, they traveled to Burma under false identities in the late summer and fall of 1941 and began training there under legendary and leathery general Claire Chennault. The pilots first saw action twelve days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and for the next seven months performed an invaluable strategic service by keeping the Japanese occupied in China and thus enabling the United States to build up its armaments before fully engaging in the conflict. For their daring exploits and remarkable string of victories, they became known as the Flying Tigers"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958.
Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958. (OCoLC)fst00057146
China. Kong jun. American Volunteer Group -- History.
China. Kong jun. American Volunteer Group. (OCoLC)fst00514550
Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) (OCoLC)fst01431391
Chronological Term 1937-1945
Subject Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 -- Aerial operations.
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 -- Participation, American.
Military operations, Aerial. (OCoLC)fst01710198
Military participation -- American. (OCoLC)fst01353700
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Kleiner, Samuel M. (Samuel Miller), 1987- Flying Tigers. New York : Viking, 2018 9780399564147 (DLC) 2018013636
ISBN 9780399564130 (hardcover)
0399564136 (hardcover)

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