He writes in May 1944.
Founder of the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) in China. Recruited as an instructor and adviser for the Chinese Air Force in 1937, he became Chiang Kai Shek’s chief of staff for air. With his aid China obtained 100 American pursuit planes and 100 American pilots, who were recruited from the U.S....
Founder of the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) in China. Recruited as an instructor and adviser for the Chinese Air Force in 1937, he became Chiang Kai Shek’s chief of staff for air. With his aid China obtained 100 American pursuit planes and 100 American pilots, who were recruited from the U.S. armed services. The Tigers were China’s only effective air arm from their first combat in December, 1941 to mid 1942, destroying some 300 Japanese planes. Chennault played an important part in defense of the Burma Road, and conceived of flying supplies from India to China over what was termed “the Hump.” He was recalled to active duty as a general in the U.S. Army, and was given command of the U.S. 14th Air Force, which succeeded in destroying over a million tons of Japanese shipping, limiting their once formidable sea power.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page 4to, May 26, 1944. “Just received yours of May 1 and was glad to hear from you – as usual – even more than usual. Yes, I’ve read a condensation of Curie’s ‘A Journey Among Warriors.’ I liked Eve very much but she didn’t stay around long enough to hear all of my story. She seemed to be just a bit frightened or perhaps subdued by the things I told her in one hour. I am thankful that I have no tendency to become over-excited or frightened by realities – of war or peace…Your letters also give me a nice little lift of a higher order even than a good cocktail. Peggy, if you are not too busy I wonder if you could and would do a little shopping for me? The wife of one of my civilian technicians (radio) has been isolated in Free China for three years and says she needs some clothing and other items badly. Just on the chance that you have the time and inclination, I am enclosing a list of the things she needs most urgently. If it is inconvenient don’t bother. If you do buy the things, have them packed very securely in a substantial box…and address as follows: ‘Maj. Gen. C.L.C., A.P.O. #627, New York, N.Y.’ ‘Care Maj. Gen. H. L. George, Comdng. Gen. Air Transport Command, Washington, D.C.’ Note: Please forward to General Chennault via air transport. You might drop a personal note to Harold George advising him that you are sending the box to him for forwarding to me…I am yours, CLC.”
Fine, a scarce wardate ALS reflecting the unshakable poise, even under fire, which endeared him to his troops and the American public, making him a hero and legend at home.
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