President Ma honors late Flying Tigers commander
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.