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The Flying Tigers was the nickname of the 1st American Volunteer
Group (AVG), a group of United States Army (USAAF), Navy (USN), and Marine
Corps (USMC) pilots and ground crew, recruited under a secret Presidential
sanction that formed a fighter group with three squadrons that trained in
Burma prior to the American entry into World War II to fight against
the personnel for the AVG?
2) When did the AVG first see combat in China?
December 20, 1940
December 7, 1941
December 20, 1941
The pilots who volunteered were discharged from the American armed
services, to fly and fight for the Republic of China Air Force. They were
officially employees of a private military contractor which employed them
for "training and instruction", and which paid them $600 a month for pilot
officer, the typical rank; $675 a month for flight leader; and $750 for
Squadron leader, though no pilot was recruited at this level. (A USAAF
captain in 1942, with flight and overseas pay, earned $347 a month.).
Who was the company that the AVG worked for?
American Aircraft Company
Boeing Aircraft Corporation
Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company
4) During the summer and fall of 1941,
300 men posing as tourists and carrying passports that identified them as
civilians boarded boats for Burma. They were initially based at a British
airfield in for their training while their aircraft were assembled and
What was the name of the Burma location?
5) What was the principal fighter aircraft for
the Flying Tiger?
6) The port of Rangoon in Burma and the
Burma Road leading from there to China were of crucial importance for the
Republic of China, as the eastern regions of China were under Japanese
occupation so virtually all of the foreign materiel destined for the armed
forces of China arrived via that port. They were assigned to opposite ends
of the Burma Road to protect this vital line of communications.
Which field was
NOT used by the Flying Tigers?
Kunming in China
Mingaladon near Rangoon
Roman in Singapore
7) The AVG's last combat was over
Hengyang on the day it was disbanded. In this final action, four Ki-27s
were shot down for no loss.
What was the last day of the Flying
April 4, 1942
May 4, 1942
July 4, 1942
8) One of the more famous pilots
was Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, who was discharged from the AVG in April
1942 and returned to active duty with the US Marine Corps. He went on to
command a Marine Squadron in the Solomon Islands, an outfit with many
similarities to the Flying Tigers. He was one of two AVG veterans (the
other being James Howard of the USAAF) to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
What is the groups name?
Black Sheep Squadron
Black Tiger Squadron
Bengal Tiger Squadron
9) The success of the AVG led to
negotiations in the spring of 1942 to induct the unit into the USAAF with
Chennault as the commander. Chennault was reinstated into the USAAF as a
colonel and immediately promoted to brigadier general as commander of
tactical U.S. Army Air Forces units in China, (initially designated the
"China Air Task Force" and later redesignated the 14th Air Force), while
continuing to command the AVG by virtue of his position in the Chinese Air
What USAAF fighter group replaced the AVG?
21st Fighter Group
23rd Fighter Group
31st Fighter Group
10) The pilot was anxious to get into
combat, he obtained the use of a P-40 actually assigned to the Flying
Tigers from Claire Chennault, and began flying missions with the Flying
Tigers, flying as a single ship escort for the transports, and flying
ground attack missions. During this period, he frequently repainted
the propeller spinner in different colors to create the illusion of a much
larger fighter force in the area than a single aircraft becoming, in
effect, a one-man air force. He was named commander of the newly
formed 23rd Fighter Group, formed by General Claire Chennault when the
Flying Tigers were inducted into the USAAF.
Who is this pilot?
Robert L. Scott, Jr.
11) The leading AVG ace (five or more
air-to-air victories) had 13 kills.
Who is the pilot?
Robert H. Smith