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Baa Baa Black Sheep
by Gregory Boyington
Autobiography of a pilot who flew many missions in China and the Pacific Theater, was captured and spent time in Japanese hands as a POW, and after repatriation became an alcoholic. He recovered and in 1958 wrote a book which is generally regarded as one of the best of the genre. Db.
Paperback Reissue edition (November 1990)
Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553263501

The Black Sheep
by Bruce Gamble
Paperback - 496 pages 0 edition (April 15, )
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891417117

Chennault: Giving Wings to the Tiger
Chennault: Giving Wings to the Tiger
by Martha Byrd
Paperback from University of Alabama Press

"This is an excellent book, undoubtedly the definitive biography of an important and controversial American airman and his relationship with the Chinese enigma." ~Airpower 

A balanced, well-documented portrait of a brave and controversial airman who commanded a training air force for Nationalist China. 

Born in rural Louisiana in 1893, Claire Lee Chennault worked as a teacher before joining the army and becoming a commissioned officer. Although he was initially rejected for flight school, he continued to apply and was finally accepted in 1918. He eventually became the lead pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps' precision flying team. 

During this time, Chennault developed air-to-air combat techniques that he believed should play a decisive role in warfare. However, his opinion contradicted the official Air Corps policy that military aircraft be used primarily for strategic bombing. Chennault's frustration and dissatisfaction with this stance was so great that when Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek offered him the opportunity to lead advanced fighter pilot training in China, he quickly left the American military and accepted the position in 1937. There he played a key role in the formation of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), popularly known as "the Flying Tigers."

The aviators of the Flying Tigers fought against Japan on behalf of China before and during World War II. Early war newsreels showing them defending Burma mythologized the fighter pilots, and Chennault became a romantic hero to the American public. In 1942, the AVG was deactivated and Chennault returned to active duty with the Air Corps, but his disregard for traditional military procedure earned him many enemies among his peers and superiors and he eventually retired. 

This book was originally published in hardcover in 1987 by The University of Alabama Press. It was hailed as the best of several biographies of Chennault. Reference and Research Book News stated, "This book is of far better quality than the others previously released. The research employed by the author and the depth of detail give the reader an accurate picture of this controversial and charismatic man." 

Martha Byrd wrote three other books, including A World in Flames: A History of World War II and Saratoga: Turning Point in the American Revolution. 


Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and the American Volunteer Group (Smithsonian History of Aviation)
by Daniel Ford

Into the Teeth of the Tiger (Smithsonian History of Aviation)
by Donald S. Lopez, Von Hardesty (Editor)
Flying a shark-mouthed P-40 in the skies over China in 1943 and 1944, Donald S. Lopez participated in one of the most remarkable air campaigns of World War II.

Sharks over China : The 23rd Fighter Group in World War II
Carl Molesworth
Hardcover - 325 pages
Book Sales; ISBN: 0785814019

Flying Tiger to Air Commando (Schiffer Military History)
by Charles Baisden, Chuck Baisden
Hardcover from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

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With Chennault in China: A Flying Tiger's Story (Schiffer Military / Aviation History)
by Robert Moody Smith, Philip D. Smith
Hardcover from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

The Lady and the Tigers: Remembering the Flying Tigers of World War II
by Olga Greenlaw, Daniel Ford
Olga Greenlaw, the only female pilot of the group that defended Rangoon, the Burma Road and China in the early days of the war.
Paperback from

A Flying Tiger's Diary (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&m univiverSity, No 15)
by Charles R., Jr. Bond, Terry H. Anderson
Paperback from Texas A&M University Press

Flying Tiger: A Crew Chief's Story: The War Diary of an AVG Crew Chief
by Frank S. Losonsky
Hardcover from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Commander of the Flying Tigers: Claire Lee Chennault
by Joe Archibald
Library Binding from Julian Messner

Claire Chennault: Flying Tiger (Famous Flyers)
by Chelsea House Publications, Earle, Jr. Rice
Library Binding from Chelsea House Pub (Library)

Roar of the Tiger
by James H. Howard, Peter Ginna
Howard was the only fighter pilot in the European theater to win the Medal of Honor.
Hardcover from Orion Books
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Tiger Tales
by Leverne J. Moldrem
Book Description: An anecdotal history of the Flying Tiger Line. It introduces the pilots from Chennault's American Volunteer Group in China/Burma, who later formed their own airline, The Flying Tiger Line. The book records the history of the Company through the personal records of the pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other employees. Included are all of the aircraft accident reports, which unfortunately are many. 
Hardcover from Flying M Press

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Flying Tigers
by J. Toland
Library Binding from Random Library
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Chennault and the Flying Tigers
by Mark Chennault
Hardcover from Independent Publishers Group
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Anything, Anytime, Anywhere: The Legacy of the Flying Tiger Line, 1945-89
by Art Chin
Paperback from Tassels & Wings Pub
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Flying Tiger: Chennault of China
by Robert T., Jr. Scott
Hardcover from Buccaneer Books
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The last flying tiger : a novel
by David E. Fisher
from Scribner
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Destiny: A Flying Tigers Rendezvous With Fate
by Erik Shilling
Hardcover from Ben-Wal Printing
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The Maverick War: Chennault and the Flying Tigers
by Duane Schultz
Paperback from St. Martin's Press
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Flying tigers: Chennault in China
by Ronald Heiferman
from Ballantine Books
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