Pres­i­dent Ma hon­ors late Fly­ing Tigers com­man­der

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou paid trib­ute to the late com­man­der of the World War II Amer­i­can Vol­un­teer Group, nick­named the Fly­ing Tigers, while re­ceiv­ing the group leader’s widow at the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice in Taipei on Wed­nes­day.

The late Maj. Gen. Claire Lee Chen­nault ar­rived in China in May 1937, two months be­fore the out­break of the Si­noJa­panese war, and served as an ad­vi­sor to the Aero­nau­ti­cal Com­mis­sion of the Re­pub­lic of China, as­sist­ing with the de­vel­op­ment of the R.O.C.’s air force, Ma said.

In recog­ni­tion of Chen­nault’s con­tri­bu­tions to the R.O.C., Ma pre­sented a com­mem­o­ra­tive medal to the Amer­i­can avi­a­tor’s widow Anna Chen­nault, whom he re­ceived at the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice.

Dur­ing the eight-year Si­noJa­panese war, Chen­nault re­cruited Amer­i­can pilots to cre­ate the Fly­ing Tigers, which played an im­por­tant role in air de­fense and trans­porta­tion, Ma said.

He said the com­mem­o­ra­tive events be­ing held in Tai­wan to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of end of WWII are meant to high­light the im­por­tance of peace and con­demn ag­gres­sion and re­tal­i­a­tion.

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