Stories of Chinese rescues of downed Flying Tigers
First let me define for you who the Chinese consider Flying Tigers. While we in our country separate them by various names- the Chinese do not. Fighter pilot, Bomber pilot, Transport pilot- AVG, 14th Air Force, 10th Air Force, CBI all are considered Flying Tigers in China.
1st Combat Cargo Group, 4th Combat Cargo Squadron Calamity at Kweilin
S/Sgt. Larry Greenfield
According to my Flight Logs, I flew 33 combat missions in September 1944, 23 in October and 30 in November. The C-47, aboard which I was the radio operator, was one of six planes from the 4th Combat Cargo Squadron, 1st Combat Cargo Group, U.S, Army Air Corps, based at Sylhet, India. We flew mission after mission to Kunming, China and back over the Himalayas during that period of time. Other squadrons also participated,
I stood up on an old easy chair in the living room, backward, facing over the high back of the chair watching a beautiful 1940’s wooden electric clock I wish I had today. Maybe I was 4 years old. I remember the smoothness of the second-hand and the pleasant whirring noise it made. I kept asking, over and over, “when will my father come home?” My grandmother had told me when you see the little hand reach here, and the big hand reach there, your father will be home.” I watched that clock all day. I remember it was so slow.
Here’s an interesting Denver Post article on John Yee, who as a young man in China during World War II, served as a translator to Claire Lee Chennault and the 1st American Volunteer Group, the aviation legends who became famously known as the Flying Tigers: WWII Chinese translator denied U.S. veterans status but says record speaks for itself.