Naval War College Review


William Calhoun


In this vivid and fact-filled historical ac- count of aerial combat, Daniel Ford completely updates and revises his 1991 work describing the extraordinary ac- complishments of the pilots and sup- port crews of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) in the earliest days of World War II. Ford—a writer for the Wall Street Journal, a recre- ational pilot, and author of Incident at Muc Wa (made into the Burt Lancaster movie Go Tell the Spartans)—has used recent American, British, and Japanese sources to both improve and shorten the original book. Famously known as the “Flying Tigers,” the AVG was a group of American volunteers recruited by Claire Chennault from the aviation ranks of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Ma- rine Corps to help protect China and key areas of Southeast Asia from unre- lenting attack by the Japanese army air force.