Win­ter Gar­den hero soared with Fly­ing Tigers

Orlando Sentinel - - HOBBIES -

It’s been 75 years since Ge­orge McMil­lan re­turned home to Win­ter Gar­den to a hero’s wel­come in July 1942.

Writ­ing on the front page of the Or­lando Sentinel for July 17, pub­lisher Martin An­der­sen de­clared that McMil­lan had car­ried the honor of his home­town, Or­ange County and the whole United States of Amer­ica “through the burn­ing skies of Ran­goon and Burma.”

The United States had been in World War II less than a year. But when Ja­pan at­tacked Pearl Har­bor the pre­vi­ous De­cem­ber, McMil­lan had al­ready been bat­tling the Ja­panese in the skies over China as a mem­ber of the Fly­ing Tigers, one of the most fa­mous fighter units in his­tory (see fly­ingtiger­

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