The flying tiger was the symbol of the 14th Air Force. When we visited Chennault's house near 14th headquarters in Kunming, a Chinese man explained to us the significance of the name, one which was apparently bestowed by the Chinese. They considered the tiger to be the wisest, fiercest fighter, the one worthy of utmost respect. Add to that the ability to fly and you have the most formidible opponent imaginable. That was how they saw the Americans, and when they look back to those times, that respect is still evident in their hearts. It was a curious contradiction to be there in Communist China with folks who remembered the "Anti-Japanese" war and to see the high regard they had for the returning vets.
My Dad is the bearded man on the right. The man in the blue mao suit remembered the war. This picture was taken across the alley from Chennault's cottage.
I should find a better place to post this stuff... wrong thread!