General Claire Lee Chennault [1890 1958] was an American military aviator and major general who commanded the U. Army Air Forces in China [1942 1945] and created the American Volunteer Group [AVG] best known as the”Flying Tigers”. Chennault began his military career in 1917 when he enlisted in the U. S Army where he completed flight training and served until he was honorably discharged in 1920. Chennault then received a regular commission and trained and served with the Air Coirps Tactical School where he authored well received manuals and books on fighter tactics. Chennault’s theorys on air tactics put him at odds with his superiors which led to his retirement in 1937 with the rank of captain. Chennault’s ideas attracted the attention of China and Chennault was hired as a air advisor to general Chiang Kai-shek in 1937. In 1937 China went to war with Japan and Chennault began rebuilding the Chinese Air Force and in 1941 he created the famed Flying Tigers, a squadron of volunteer U. S pilots who were trained by Chennault. The unit achieved an outstanding combat record and was incorporated into the regular U. S Army Air Force as the China Air Task Force [later reorganized as the 14th Air Force] with general Chennault as the commander. The squadron achieved great success against Japanese forces and in 1943 Chennault was promoted to major general. The letter is dated 8 March 1954 Taipei, Taiwan and is addressed to a U. The letter is a response to a autograph request and is signed”C. Chennault” in black fountain pen above his typed name and retired rank as Major General USAF. The autograph of Claire Chennault is rare and difficult to obtain, the example offered is authentic, signed on a desirable letterhead and will be a wonderful addition to any military collection. We have listed a nice collection of aviators, explorers, astronaut and military autographs. Our policy is simple, all our autographs are researched and guaranteed authentic with”No” time limits. Check out my other items. Be sure to add me to your favorites list. The item “Claire Lee Chennault Commander Flying Tigers”Rare” Signed”CAT” Letterhead” is in sale since Monday, March 11, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Military”. The seller is “collectors.view” and is located in West Hempstead, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed by: General Claire Chennault