American Volunteer Group Colours and Markings by Terrill J. Clements

By Terrill J. Clements

The yank Volunteer team, or 'Flying Tigers', have remained the main recognized outfit to determine motion in global struggle II. Manned by way of volunteers flying American plane received from the British, the AVG fought bravely within the face of overwhelming odds in China and Burma sooner than the united states access into global battle II. Pilots akin to 'Pappy' Boyington, R T Smith and John Petach grew to become loved ones names because of their exploits opposed to the japanese military Air strength. The AVG legend used to be created flying the Curtis P-40 Tomahawk and Kittyhawk. This quantity dispels the myths surrounding the colors and markings worn via those recognized warring parties.

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That one question became deeply engraved on our maturing minds during the war years. My response was simple enough: serve the best way I could. There was nothing specific in that except for the vague notion of belonging to a group which would have more than its normal share of duties. It was long after midnight on that night in September 1942 when we ended our talk. I put out the light and opened the curtains, drawn closed for the blackout, to let in fresh air. Moonlight poured into the room, and I could see the outlines of two familiar objects on top of the bookcase by the window: my father's World War One steel helmet and his sword.

For me, the Gothic War had all the elements of a drama; it was full of conflicts of characters and ideas, of love and death, of fortune and of ruin. * The events lay far back in the mist of history, some fourteen hundred years ago, the age when great myths were born: the Nibelungen, King Arthur, Lancelot, and, last but not least, Dietrich von Bern, the great Theoderich, king of the Ostrogoths. Altogether, it was a setting that let the contesting figures and concepts appear untainted and flawless in the way the young of any age want the world to be.

I probably used some more arguments and talked somewhat more gently and certainly more clumsily. In my father's ears, what I said might have even sounded like propaganda but I did say that I was going my own way and why. He must have understood, for he dropped the matter without further comment. Perhaps it was also because of his strong dislike for discussing abstract subjects, all "isms" in particular. He often covered what was going on inside himself with a quick change to cheerfulness. He looked at his watch and briskly put on his gloves.

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