- During the summer of 1941, 300 young American men and women secretly trained in the jungles of Southeast Asia, preparing to face the Japanese Air Force in combat over the skies of China and Burma. Within weeks of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, their heroic exploits captured the imagination world. The Chinese called them Fei Hu for the shark's teeth painted on their planes. The world knew them as the Flying Tigers.
For years after the Flying Tigers disbanded in 1942, they had been known as a mercenary air force in the service of the Chinese government. Finally on July 4, 1991, in a ceremony honoring the Flying Tigers, the United States Government belatedly admitted the truth - the Flying Tigers had been created by secret order of President Franklin Roosevelt. Months before Pearl Harbor, the Flying Tigers were created to help the Chinese defend their cities from relentless bombing by the Japanese, who had invaded China in 1937.
Three hundred men and women were recruited from within the ranks of the U.S. Armed Services. Pilots, aircraft mechanics, propeller specialists, doctors, nurses, clerks and even a chaplain joined what was called the American Volunteer Group. They signed a one-year contract to protect the only supply route open for the United States to deliver war materiel to China - the Burma Road. They boarded ships from the West Coast in the spring and summer of 1941, travelling as missionaries, planters, and circus performers. Their disguises were meant to mask their true mission and protect FDR's secret effort to keep China from falling to the Japanese without provoking a war with Japan.
The ninety-minute video utilizes extensive interviews and film footage shot by the members of the Flying Tigers. Fei Hu: The Story Of The Flying Tigers tells the story of how in the midst of the jungles of Burma, Claire Chennault, the commander of the Flying Tigers, shaped a hard-drinking, brawling bunch of inexperienced airmen into a fighting unit with a war record second to none. Interviews with Chinese, British and Japanese pilots corroborate the story of the air battles over Rangoon and the cities of China. Interviews with non combatants, the nurses, the mechanics and the staff members of the Flying Tigers tell the dramatic story of ordinary people responding to extraordinary situations. Newsreels and the John Wayne feature film, "The Flying Tigers," demonstrate how the legend of the Flying Tigers was born. Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers is a tribute to the small group of men and women who fought against overwhelming odds, and lifted the spirits of both the American and Chinese people during the darkest days of World War II. The documentary reveals the human side of historical events.
Fei Hu - The Story of the Flying Tigers was broadcast on PBS as a one-hour film on February 22, 1999. It was selected to be part of PBS's programming initiative, History's Best on PBS, which highlights the best history programming that PBS has to offer. Now the 90-minute Director's Cut of Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers is available for sale on videocassette. -
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