Brigadier Robert Scott Remembers the Flying Tigers (Restored HD)
This interview with Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert Scott was produced by the U.S.A.F. in 1987. In 1941, during World War 2 Scott joined Claire Chennault's "Flying Tigers" American Volunteer Group (AVG) in China as a "guest pilot," fighting the Japanese while still in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew several missions daily and learned the Flying Tiger's combat tactics. He piloted a Curtiss P-40 as a single plane escort for transports and on ground attack missions. In July 1942, the AVG was disbanded and most of the pilots were integrated into the Army Air Corp's new 23rd Fighter Group in in China. Scott, who had demonstrated his ability with the A.V.G. was named it's commanding officer. Colonel Scott flew 388 combat missions with 925 hours from July 1942 to October 1943, shooting down 13 Japanese aircraft, one of America's earliest flying aces. He returned to the U.S.A. in October 1943 to become deputy for operations at the A.A.F School of Applied Tactics at Orlando Army Air Base, Florida and wrote a best selling memoir about his time with the Flying Tigers, "God is My Co-Pilot," made into a Hollywood movie in 1945, starring Dennis Morgan as Robert Scott.
Claire Chenault's Flying Tigers deadly weapon in China, the P-40 was the Army Air Corp's main front line fighter at the outbreak of the War. This rugged plane served the Allies around the world , from the deserts of North Africa to the jungles of SE Asia.. A detailed checkout produced by manufacturer Curtiss Wright
* China Crisis: The Story of the 14th Air Force
After Pearl Harbor, the American Volunteer Force (AVG) Flying Tigers and their P-40s were incorporated into the new 14th Air Force, and their CO, Claire Chennault, was put in command. This is story of the 14th in action, including P-40 gun camera footage, the epic airlift over "The Hump, and a rare look at air operations in China.
* Why We Fight: The Battle of China This is the sixth installment of Academy Award winner Frank Capra's legendary "Why We Fight" series and it is devoted to the conflict between China and Japan from the early 1930's through America's entry into the conflict after Pearl Harbor. As such, it is an excellent background piece on the war that the Flying Tiger's fought in China as "The American Volunteer Force." As might be expected, the film does not stint on wartime propaganda, but it is also a unique repository of film from this seldom covered theater, including captured footage of the Imperial Japanese Army and Air Force in action.
* 32 page P-40 Warhawk pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.