We went Kunming Flying Tigers Museum on Mar 01, 2013 at first.
We went here on Aug. 22, 2017 at second.
And my wife went again on April. 12, 2019.
Kunming Flying Tigers Museum
Kunming Flying Tigers Museum is exists on the second floor in Kunming Museum, Tuodong road of Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.
from “Flying Shark” to “Flying Tiger”
The airplane of above photo expresses “Flying Shark”, not Tiger.
At first, Americans boasted of this “Flying Shark”, but the Kunming people could not understand it.
Kunming people did not know Shark, because Kunming and Yunnan has not any seas.
Thus Americans needed change planes illustirations to Tiger, which Kunming people know well.
The subtitle of this museum is “Tigers in the sky”.
The AmericanVolunteer Group saw their battle on December 20th, 1941.
Soon after the battle, Walt Disney Studios designed “flying tigers” emblem.
we know especially the next illustration of tiger.
It is lively, winged, tiger sprouting from the letter V for victory.
About the team
The American “Flying Tigers”, an ingenious air force which is courageous and skillful in battle.
They joined in Anti-Japanese war with the fearless spirit, fighting together with Chinese army and people.
The resounding name and their extraordinary performance are like a memorial. That Would never fade away existing on the mind of Sino-US people who treasure peace.
The Flying Tigers Team, a resounding and honorable name. It is also a reputation that Chinese people gave to American Air Force who once helped and supported China in WWII.
Strictly speaking, “Flying Tigers” infers American Volunteer Group which came to China from August 1941 toJuly 1942.
Then, AVG was recomposed several times; however, the title “Flying Tigers” remains among civil society. People from China Air Task Force in I0th AAF, and the 14th AAF are called “Flying Tigers” by Chinese people.
This Museum writes preface like bellow,
According to the Chinese Proverb, “A just cause enjoys abundant support.” Many countries provided a great help to China during its war against Japan.
On Augst 1, 1941, the government fo China (with the support of the US government) recruited some volunteers from the United States and established the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), which belongs to China Air Force. They joined the battle in Yunnan (a province in the western China) and Burma. This group was known as the “Flying Tigers” because their used a flying tiger as their logo. Their courageous spirit achieved numerous successes under the command of General Claire Chennault.
One year later, China Air Task Force and 14th Air Force came to China. Since this two air force groups were also led by General Claire Chennault, and use Flying Tiger as their badge, they were highly praised by Chinese people and were called Flying Tigers too.
The 4-year history of the Flying Tigers was a very important part of China’s War against Japan and the world war against Faschist during which “The Flying Tiger” soldiers had shed blood, devoted their lives, and fought courageously for the victory.
The people of China will always commemorate and cherish the Flying Tigers and their glorious achivements.
Flying Tigers Spread Their Wings
This team is a very special combat team. This was formed in less than 3 weeks, this team is known all over the world as the Flying Tigers, a legend in history of aviation.
On August 1, Chiang Kai-Shek issued an order announcing the founding of 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), and appointed Chennault as colonel commander.
Arduous Struggle: China Air Task Force
Under the command of an unyielding general, this small US Air Force started the US participation in China’s war against Japan.
Embracing Victory: 14th Army Air Force
Inherited the flying tigers spirit, 14th Air Force fought courageously and skillfully giving japanese army a dying kick and embraced the final victory.
“Hump Flight” and “Matterhorn operation”
During China’s War against Japan, besides Gen Claire Lee Chennault’s Flying Tigers, many other forces were active in supporting China.
They were China-India Union force of ATC (American Transport Command) who took the Hump Ferrying tasks and the 58 Union Force of the 20th Air Force whose major task was Matterhorn operation aiming at bombing Japanese territories.
Making Achievements with Joint Efforts
Chinese people contributed great efforts to the exploits that the Flying Tigers made On one side, and Chinese pilots united the Flying Tigers together against Japanese on the other side.
Military and civilians did everything to help in many ways: they tried hard to build, maintain and defend airfields:
- set up an air-raid warning network.
- supplied with daily needs and ground service
- rescued wounded pilots
What they had done guaranteed necessary and effective supply.
General Chennault of the Flying Tigers
- Photo Chennault with his autograph
- Claire Chennault on the cover of Life magazine on August 10, 1942
- Chennault on the cover of MAN’S ILLUSTRATED magazine
- 1957 advertisement made by Chennault
Anna Chennault, A Friendly Messenger of China and America
This museum displayes Anna’s books, “China and Me”, “The White House and Me”, and “Love and Marriage”, etc…
Despite the human disaster and the suffering caused by the war, the joint effort of China and the U.S. to fight Japanese aggression more than seven decades ago, gave witness to the search for justice, and to the courage and fraternity of the two peoples.
Some memories of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression over 70 years ago have been lost with the passing of time.
However, the collected memorabilia of the Flying Tigers takes us back to that time of war, their reality displays the most glorious and memorable page in the history of the cooperation between the two nations.
Such an exhibition of Flying Tiger memorabilia would be anticipated by the peaceloving people of both nations, who advocate friendship between the two countries.
The Kunming Museum felt it was incumbent to make it happen.
- Anna Chen Chennault
- Pedro & Pek Chan
- Wayne Tam
- John Shull
- Bill Smith
- Lt. Robert Walkinsharw
- Gordon Wong
- Joe Loy Yung
- Harry Lee
- Henry Sam Yuen Gee
- Hoe Loy Yung
- Mack Pong
- James Bok Wong, PhD
- Kay W Chin
- Al Chinn
- Wing Yoke Lai
- Wayne Wong
- Richard Goon
- Tom Wah S. Lew
- Fulton Yee
- Olga Greenlaw (female secretary of Chennault)
- Diego Kusak
- Charles Peterson
- Zhang Jiaqi
- Kuang Rui
- Ding Xueren
- Jim (Hongkong)
- Peng Jingwu & Rao Huilan