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When Tigers Ruled the Sky - The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots over China in World War II-logo

When Tigers Ruled the Sky - The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots over China in World War II

Bill Yenne

From the acclaimed author of Hit the Target and Big Week, an in-depth account of the legendary World War II combat group, the Flying Tigers. In 1940, Pearl Harbor had not yet happened, and America was not yet at war with Japan. But China had been trying to stave off Japanese aggression for three years-and was desperate for aircraft and trained combat pilots. General Chiang Kai-shek sent military aviation advisor Claire Chennault to Washington, where President Roosevelt was sympathetic, but knew he could not intervene overtly. Instead, he quietly helped Chennault put together a group of American volunteer pilots. This was how the 1st American Volunteer Group-more commonly known as the Flying Tigers-was born. With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 fighters, these Army, Navy and Marine pilots became a sensation as they fought for the Chinese. Those who initially doubted them were eventually in awe as they persevered over Rangoon despite being outnumbered 14-1 by Japanese aircraft; as they were described by Madame Chiang Kai-shek as her "little angels" and by a Chinese foreign minister as "the soundest investment China ever made"; and as they ultimately destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes while losing only a dozen of their own in combat. Two of their veterans would later earn the Medal of Honor-and as a group, the Flying Tigers managed to rack up a better record than any other air wing in the Pacific theater. When Tigers Ruled the Sky is a thrilling and triumphant account of their courage and their legacy.

From the acclaimed author of Hit the Target and Big Week, an in-depth account of the legendary World War II combat group, the Flying Tigers. In 1940, Pearl Harbor had not yet happened, and America was not yet at war with Japan. But China had been trying to stave off Japanese aggression for three years-and was desperate for aircraft and trained combat pilots. General Chiang Kai-shek sent military aviation advisor Claire Chennault to Washington, where President Roosevelt was sympathetic, but knew he could not intervene overtly. Instead, he quietly helped Chennault put together a group of American volunteer pilots. This was how the 1st American Volunteer Group-more commonly known as the Flying Tigers-was born. With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 fighters, these Army, Navy and Marine pilots became a sensation as they fought for the Chinese. Those who initially doubted them were eventually in awe as they persevered over Rangoon despite being outnumbered 14-1 by Japanese aircraft; as they were described by Madame Chiang Kai-shek as her "little angels" and by a Chinese foreign minister as "the soundest investment China ever made"; and as they ultimately destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes while losing only a dozen of their own in combat. Two of their veterans would later earn the Medal of Honor-and as a group, the Flying Tigers managed to rack up a better record than any other air wing in the Pacific theater. When Tigers Ruled the Sky is a thrilling and triumphant account of their courage and their legacy.
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History

Description:

From the acclaimed author of Hit the Target and Big Week, an in-depth account of the legendary World War II combat group, the Flying Tigers. In 1940, Pearl Harbor had not yet happened, and America was not yet at war with Japan. But China had been trying to stave off Japanese aggression for three years-and was desperate for aircraft and trained combat pilots. General Chiang Kai-shek sent military aviation advisor Claire Chennault to Washington, where President Roosevelt was sympathetic, but knew he could not intervene overtly. Instead, he quietly helped Chennault put together a group of American volunteer pilots. This was how the 1st American Volunteer Group-more commonly known as the Flying Tigers-was born. With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 fighters, these Army, Navy and Marine pilots became a sensation as they fought for the Chinese. Those who initially doubted them were eventually in awe as they persevered over Rangoon despite being outnumbered 14-1 by Japanese aircraft; as they were described by Madame Chiang Kai-shek as her "little angels" and by a Chinese foreign minister as "the soundest investment China ever made"; and as they ultimately destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes while losing only a dozen of their own in combat. Two of their veterans would later earn the Medal of Honor-and as a group, the Flying Tigers managed to rack up a better record than any other air wing in the Pacific theater. When Tigers Ruled the Sky is a thrilling and triumphant account of their courage and their legacy.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Yen

Length:

12h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

43:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

38:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

25:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

31:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:36