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The Flying Tigers’ success against the Japanese in China during World War II is still a prime example of how . With Chennault in China is Robert M. Smith’s diary of a communications specialist, an AVG volunteer who helped set up and make that pre-radar early warning system work.

The Flying Tigers’ success against the Japanese in China during World War II is still a prime example of how determination and organization can sometimes make up for a deficiency in resources. Smith describes the specialist’s journey to China–quite a trek in itself in the days before intercontinental air travel–the Chinese he worked with, the unspoiled countryside and his day-to-day efforts to keep the Japanese at bay.

The success of the Flying Tigers in China in World War II against the Japanese is still a prime example of. .Japanese Imperial Army in China.

The success of the Flying Tigers in China in World War II against the Japanese is still a prime example of how determination and organization can sometimes make up for a deficiency of resources. But the most important contribution of the AVG was to demonstrate that the Japanese could be beaten at a time when they were winning everywhere else, significantly slowing the Japanese advance in China. In this remarkable contest, the Flying Tigers owed their success to Maj. Gen.

Robert M. Smith was a sergeant-air mechanic first class for the . When the AVG disbanded in July, 1942 he re-enlisted as a technical sergeant and retured to China with the Army Airways Communications System. Air Force when the recruiters arrived on base looking for volunteers for the Chinese Air Force. He was discharged from the Air Force and went to China to join the American Volunteer Group, THe Flying Tigers. Presently he is the treasurer and on the executive committee of the American Volunteer Group Association.

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by Robert Moody Smith and Philip D. Smith. Four boys run out of gas late at night, and the moon is full. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780830623365.

With Chennault in China a Flying Tiger's diary. American Airmen In Britain During The Second World War. Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.

He was born in York, Nebraska

He was born in York, Nebraska. His family moved to Red Cloud from Hooper, Nebraska in 1927 when his father, Earl W. Smith, was hired as Superintendent of Schools. He graduated Red Cloud High School in 1935.

With Chennault in China. a Flying Tiger's diary. by Robert Moody Smith. Published 1984 by Tab Books in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Written in English. 1st ed. Aerial operations, American, American Aerial operations, American Personal narratives, Biography, China, China. American Volunteer Group, Diaries, Fighter pilots, History, Personal narratives, American, World War, 1939-1945. Claire Lee Chennault (1893-1958), Robert Moody Smith.

With Chennault in China: A Flying Tiger's Diary (Schiffer Book for Woodcarvers). Readers with an interest in the AVG should consider looking elsewhere; there are dozens of better books about the magnificent Flying Tigers out there. 2 people found this helpful. Chennault: Giving Wings to the Tiger. Flying Tiger to Air Commando: (Schiffer Military History). Tales of the Flying Tigers: Five Books about the American Volunteer Group, Mercenary Heroes of Burma and China.

Here's the story of how a handful of young Americans, fighting with improvised equipment, commanded the air against superior enemy forces and won! Written by a radio operator who served as a member of the AVG (American Volunteer Group) throughout their ex

Enjoyed reading about the AVG from another perspective. Added to my collection of books on this subject.
Robert Smith gives you the lowdown from the air field on what it took to get the Flying Tigers in the air and to the Japanese bombers before they could strike their Chinese targets. Here is the truly brilliant saga of how Chennault's revolutionary combination of ground observation, central data gathering and fighter scramble turned aerial warfare from hunt and peck to dispatch and destroy.
We take these technologies for granted now, but when Chennault first proposed them he was laughed at by the fledgling air forces that stumbled along between the two world wars with no vision. Chennault had the vision of what modern air warfare would become. He proved it with the Flying Tigers by taking an under-manned, under-equipped, and under-funded unit and making it into the bane of the enemy.
Robert Smith puts you there in the radio room, nursing the equipment, listening through static, sifting the reports and making the critical decisions to scramble the planes. The pilots got the glory. Smith told them where the glory was to be gotten.
This is a little known page in the history of aerial warfare that is told clearly, up front and personal, by a man who was right there in the thick of it.
I heartily recommend With Chennault in China to anyone interested in The Flying Tigers and/or air combat history.
World War II Diary
The SW Pacific had its' coastwatchers. Britain maintained around-the-clock radio monitoring of signals- the enemy, as well as their own forces. And in China, there was Smith and dedicated radiomen to pass word of Japanese movements. It was primitive, but allowed central commanders to evaluate incoming attacks and position fighters for intercepts.
This is the diary of the men and planes of the 'The Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company' (CAMCO), who were under 1-year contract to "operate, service and manufacture aircraft in China"-- supposedly, to avoid embarrassing the United States with the Japanese government. We know them as 'Flying Tigers'. Plans were to import 100 to 200 pursuit planes for protecting important points on the Burma Road so that truck convoys could move supplies into China's interior. When Japanese bombers appeared, Chennault could use the radio warnings to guess the target, then dispatch interceptors.
The 99 P-40s were dispersed among different airfields, and whatever was flyable would take off to gain altitude in order to 'bounce' the bombers- until Zeroes began to escort them. As in the Pacific, it was not smart to dogfight with one; Chennault taught them to shoot, dive through and zoom back to altitude after gaining speed.
Page through this book- it is a wartime travelogue of China in the throes of change. See ancient buildings and modern warriors posing in front, or maps of widely separated cities in the radio net reporting to Kunming. Even after the 'original' Tigers disbanded on 4 July 1942 (after approx 8 mo.), the Army Air Forces operated fighter and bomber forces. This required huge amounts of supplies to be transported over the highest peaks in the world; the 'Hump' airlift was a predecessor to those we conduct now with more sophisticated planes. And so began the Flying Tiger Airline, mentioned in the latter chapters of this book.
This is a somewhat edited version of Robert M. Smith's diary that he kept during his year with the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers). Smith attended college before joining the Army, rather unusual for the time. He joined the AVG for adventure, like most of the pilots and technicians. And he kept a diary, as many of them did.
Smith's diary is especially insightful, and I used it a lot when I was writing my history of the Flying Tigers. He has a good eye for geography; I especially liked his account of driving up the Burma Road to the AVG's home base in Kunming.
I own the paperback; it was chock-a-block with photos, which I assume are included in the Schiffer edition. Good reading for all Flying Tigers buffs.