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H.Res. 802: Commemorating the 71st anniversary of the creation of the “Special Air Unit” of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), which became known as the Flying Tigers. Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Sep 21, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Sep 21, 2012

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RESOLUTION

Commemorating the 71st anniversary of the creation of the ``Special Air Unit'' of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), which became known as the Flying Tigers.

Whereas United States Brigadier General Claire Lee Chennault was a retired Army Air Corps Captain who worked as military aviation advisor for the Chinese Government in the early months of the Second Sino-Japanese War and then as director of a Chinese Air Force flight school centered in Kunming, China; Whereas General Chennault created the ``Special Air Unit'' of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), which became known as the Flying Tigers, with the approval of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist Chinese air forces against the Japanese; Whereas many of the Flying Tigers were members of the United States Armed Forces who volunteered for the 1st American Volunteer Group, vacating previous armed forces assignments, to assist allied forces in China; Whereas, just 12 days after the devastating bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Flying Tigers recorded 6 enemy planes shot down, which was the first successful American air strike against the Japanese at the Defense of Rangoon and Kunming; Whereas, during 1941 and 1942, the Flying Tigers were officially credited with 297 enemy aircraft destroyed, including 229 destroyed in aerial combat, a kill-ratio that was superior to that of contemporary Allied air groups in Malaya, the Philippines, and elsewhere in the Pacific Theater; Whereas the early successes of the Flying Tigers provided a significant morale boost to members of the United States Armed...

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Bill Summary

H.Res. 802: Commemorating the 71st anniversary of the creation of the “Special Air Unit” of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), which became known as the Flying Tigers.

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