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President Ma honors late leader of Flying Tigers

President Ma honors late leader of Flying Tigers

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou paid tribute to the late commander of the World War II American Volunteer Group, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, while receiving the group leader's widow at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Wednesday. The late Major General Claire Lee Chennault arrived in China in May 1937, two months before the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war, and served as an advisor to the Aeronautical Commission of the Republic of China, assisting with the development of the ROC's air force, Ma said. In recognition of Chennault's contributions to the ROC, Ma presented a commemorative medal to the American aviator's widow Anna Chennault (???), whom he received at the Presidential Office. During the eight-year Sino-Japanese war, Chennault recruited American pilots to create the Flying Tigers, which played an important role in air defense and transportation, Ma said. He said the commemorative events being held in Taiwan to mark the 70th anniversary of end of WWII are meant to highlight the importance of peace and condemn aggression and retaliation. (By H.H. Lu and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:45 GMT+08:00