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Death of a Legend - Flying Tigers (Read 43 times)
Reply #1 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 2:36pm

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Ian, thank you for the link to the notification.

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Feb 13th, 2020 at 12:09pm

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The last of the Flying Tigers pilots has died, Thursday February 6, 2020. https://taskandpurpose.com/last-flying-tiger-wwii-dies

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They were 311 U.S. military service members recruited to help the Chinese Air Force fend off the Japanese invasion in mid-1941, according to WarBirdNews.com. Losonsky became a crew chief and sergeant with the 3rd Squadron, nicknamed the Hell's Angels.

After the United States joined the war in December 1941, the AVG disbanded and became part of the U.S. Air Force 23rd Fighter Group in July 1942..

"It wasn't easy for Frank, who had to wend his way around the world, via South Africa, before he eventually found himself back in the States," WarBirdNews.com reported. "He got married in the interim, and then returned to China as a mechanic with China National Aviation Corporation, a quasi-civilian airline which took part in the massive logistics operation flying supplies between India and China over the Himalayan Mountains during the period when Japanese forces had cut off the normal land route via the Burma Road. After the war he joined TransAsiatic Airlines in Burma, eventually becoming a pilot himself."

Losonsky's military memoir, Flying Tiger: A Crew Chief's Story, written with his son Terry, was published in 2004.

In 2012, Losonsky was among the surviving Flying Tigers honored at the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center in Columbus.

"He was kind of a hero," said Chris, president of Part IV Inc., the restaurant group that owns the Speakeasy in Columbus. "We went to many, many of the reunions these individuals had over the years. It was always exciting being among those gentlemen. I kind of grew up with it, but everybody acknowledged him for his duty and his service."

And it never got old for him.

"When he got around Flying Tigers stuff," Chris said, "he lit up."
 
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