American mercenaries were the heroes of China

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American mercenaries were the heroes of China

Post by koimaster » July 21st 2020, 11:00pm

A one-year contract to live and work in China, flying, repairing and making airplanes. Pay is as much as $13,700 a month with 30 days off a year. Housing is included and you'll get an extra $550 a month for food. On top of that, there's an extra $9,000 for every Japanese airplane you destroy -- no limit.
That's the deal -- in inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars -- that a few hundred Americans took in 1941 to become the heroes, and some would even say the saviors, of China.
Those American pilots, mechanics and support personnel became members of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), later known as the Flying Tigers.
The group's American-made warplanes featured the gaping, tooth-filled mouth of a shark on their nose, a fearsome symbol still used on the US Air Force's A-10 ground-attack jets to this day. ... index.html


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Re: American mercenaries were the heroes of China

Post by biglove » July 22nd 2020, 1:01pm

Enjoyable read.

Graduated high school with Chennault's great grandson. And Monroe is my hometown. The museum there has an exceptional amount of memorabilia, especially considering our small population. The museum is curated by Chennault's granddaughter, Nell Calloway, my high school friend's mother.
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