Chief of the Army Air Forces in China and Commander of the "Flying Tigers" during World War II.

February 2006

Compiled by Staff
Bibliography Branch, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

Annals of the Flying Tigers.
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A page of resources about the American Volunteer Group, including a biography (China Tiger) of Chennault with photograph.

14th Air Force:  The China Ending.
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Part of the 341st Bomb Group history

China Tiger - Claire Lee Chennault, 1893-1958.
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The Warbird's Forum.

Claire L. Chennault.
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Includes black & white photo from the Air & Space Power Chronicles homepage.

Claire L. Chennault, Brig. General, Commanding, A.V.G. (Flying Tigers) -
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Claire Lee Chennault.
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Arlington National Cemetery site includes black & white photo, images of medals & photo of grave marker and biographical information.

Flying Tigers:  Claire Chennault and the American Volunteer Group Flew Curtis P-40 Warhawks in China and Burma Against the Japanese.
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From AcePilots site - provides good description of the China days.

General Claire Lee Chennault 1893-1958.
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Delta Music Museum site has black & white photo with General Chennault with Madame Chiang Kai-shek and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek along with biographical information of Chennault's younger days.

Legends of Airpower:  Claire Chennault.
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Contains photo and video clip.

Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault.
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USAF Museum site factsheet contains black & white photo and biography.

Major General Claire Lee Chennault - Air Force Link biographies.
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Photographs of Claire Chennault.
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Revzin, Mike.  Flying TigersBoys' Life 84:12 November 1994.
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Features the Flying Tigers, the group of United States pilots who held back Japanese forces in the early months of World War II. Claire Chennault, their leader; Why their P-40 planes were painted with toothy shark faces; Number of planes they shot down; Their last mission.

Special Topic:  Flying Tigers, Part IIIChinese American Forum 18:16-20 July 2002.
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Focuses on the contribution of Captain Claire Lee Chennault in the aviation sector in the U.S. Job responsibility; Family background; Career history.


Anders, Curt.  Fighting Airmen.  New York, Putnam, 1966.  287 p.
Claire L. Chennault:  The Leatherfaced Old Tiger, pp 133-173.
Book call no.: 923.573 A544fa

Benton, Jeffrey C.  They Served Here:  Thirty-Three Maxwell Men.  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Air University Press, 1999.  78 p.
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Book call no.:  358.41709761 B478t

Byrd, Martha.  Chennault:  Giving Wings to the Tiger.  University, AL, University of Alabama Press, 1987.  451 p.
Book call no.:  92 C5181b

Chun, Clayton K. S.  Aerospace Power in the Twenty-first Century:  A Basic Primer.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 2001.  337 p.
Claire Chennault:  Pursuit-Aviation Enthusiast, pp 56-58.
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Book call no.:  358.400973 C559a

Meilinger, Phillip S.  American Airpower Biography:  A Survey of the Field.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1995.  65 p.
See pp 16-19.
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Book call no.:  358.400922 M513a

Samson, Jack.  Chennault.  Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1987.  365 p.
Book call no.:  92 C5181s

Smith, Robert Moody and Smith, Philip D.  With Chennault in China:  A Flying Tiger's Diary.  Atglen, PA, Schiffer Pub., 1997.  175p.
Book call no.:  940.5425 S658w

Toliver, Raymond F and Constable, Trevor J.  Fighter Aces.  New York, Macmillan, 1965.  354 p.
Book call no.:  940.544 T649f

Ulanoff, Stanley M.  Fighter Pilot.  Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1962.  430 p.  
See part four "Global War - World War II Pacific" beginning on p 277.
Book call no.:  358.43 U35f


Pone, Adrian C.  Chennault's Flying Tigers:  Faced with Near Insurmountable Odds, They Prevailed over Operational, Logistical, Political and Leadership Challenges.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, 2001.  37 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43122 P796c


Chennault, Claire.  The Chinese Civil WarVital Speeches of the Day 15:468-472 May 15, 1949.
Presents the text of a speech given by retired U.S. Army official Claire L. Chennault on May 3, 1949, which deals with the Chinese civil war.
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Grant, Rebecca.  Flying Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  Air Force Magazine 85:70-77 March 2002.  
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Hoffman, Frank. A Century to Flight:  Military Pioneers Who Made Aviation History Claire Chennault Flying TigerAir Force Times 63:30-32 June 2, 2003 (55 p. insert).
Pays tribute to U.S. Army Major General Claire Chennault.  His attitude towards life; Career in the military:  Effort taken to modernize the Air Corps; Approach to fighter tactics.

Hoffman, Frank.  Claire Chennault.  Army Times  63:30-32 June 9, 2003.
Focuses on the contribution of aviator Claire Chennault to the military aviation history of the United States. Military career of Chennault; Doctrine developed by Chennault for fighter planes; Role of Chennault in improving the performance of the Chinese Air Force.

Meilinger, Phillip S.  U.S. Air Force Leaders:  A Biographical TourJournal of Military History 62:833-871 October 1998.
Presents biographies of military airmen who served in the USAF and an in-depth look at the history of American airpower.
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Zabecki, David T.  God Is Still His Co-PilotAviation History 15:22-29 January 2005.
Presents information related to the American Volunteer Group (AVG).  Formed in late 1941 by retired U.S. Army Air Corps Captain Claire L. Chennault, the American Volunteer Group was the backbone of the Chinese Air Force.  Almost all had left the U.S. military to join the AVG, and all were offered the opportunity to rejoin and continue flying against the Japanese.  Chennault himself was recalled to active duty as a Colonel and put in command of the China Air Task Force, a subordinate command of the U.S. Tenth Air Force
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China Crisis.  Palm Springs, CA, Big Picture, Historical Film and Video, 1993.  1 videocassette (40 min).
Video call no.:  940.544973 C5391

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