HISTORICAL BASIS FOR TIGERS ON THE ROAD

Above is the P-40 Tomahawk as flown by the Flying Tigers.
BELOW ARE BRIEF BIOS OF HISTORICAL FIGURES FROM SERIES

Claire Chennault. AVG Commander. After the group disbanded he headed up the 14 th Air Force which adopted the Flying Tiger plane painting including for their bombers

Harvey Greenlaw. Chennault’s assistant

Olga Greenlaw. Harvey’s wife. Kept the War Diary for the AVG. Her autobiography “The Lady and the Tigers, while containing a lot of politically incorrect language, provides a softer image of the men making up the unit. She also provides many insights into the happenings and events that occurred on a daily basis. It is available with editing from Daniel Ford on Amazon.

 

Rose Mok. A businesswoman first class. Olga claimed Rose, in addition to owning the hotel, owned a transportation company bringing supplies up the Burma Road. This activity allowed her to supply many “luxuries’ to the men of the AVG. Olga also hinted she may have done some counterfeiting. But heck a girl has to eat. Right? Have found nothing about what happened to her in later life except that she died in 2002.

Chang Kai-shek. The leader of the Chinese coalition of warlords and Communists who battled the Japanese. After the war, the coalition broke apart and the Communists seized control of the country forcing him to flee to Taiwan. As Harry Hopkins said of him, “His only saving characteristic is he’s not a Communist.”

Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Educated at Georgia Wesleyan University, her personal charm and charisma are believed to have been the reason many in Washington supported her husband’s efforts to secure aid for the defense of China against the Japanese. Chennault also claimed she ran the air force and may have been the true power in the government. After the war, she accompanied her husband to Taiwan.

Paul Frillman. Served as Chaplain for the AVG. After the group disbanded he stayed on as Chennault’s intelligence officer in the 14th Air Force. He then joined the OSS and worked behind Japanese lines to locate bombing targets.

Greg Boyington. After leaving the AVG he went on to command a fighter squadron nicknamed the Black Sheep. Shot down and imprisoned by the Japanese he later was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Robert Conrad portrayed him both in the movie based on Boyington Autobiography and in the television series that followed.

Dick Rossi. After the AVG disbanded he went on to fly for the Chinese National Airline (CNAC) delivering supplies over the Himalayas to China. This service, referred to as flying over the Hump, became the only way to supply Allied forces in China after to fall of the Road. He set a record for the number of flights flown. He later joined Chennault in founding Flying Tiger Airlines, which many believe was a CIA front spying on the Red Chinese and the forerunner for Air America.

Erik Schilling-After AVG disbanded he joined with Dick Rossi in flying the Hump. After the war ended he flew for China Air Transport resupplying the French at Dien Bein Phu. Later flew spy missions over China and supply missions during the Korean Conflict.

TEX HILL
Stayed on with Chennault after AVG disbanded. His career in the Air Force extended all the way to Vietnam and he retired a Major General.

JIM HOWARD
Became an Ace while with the AVG. After the AVG disbanded he went to Europe to command a squadron escorting bombers. Here he again shot down six Germans and was the only fighter pilot to win the Congressional Medal of Honor in the European theater. He retired after reaching the rank of Major General