3rd Pursuit SquadronCCB - Upland Ca
“Honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibition and Remembrance”
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About the 3rd Pursuit Squadronof the Commemorative Air Force
This squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is named in honor of the unit in which our friend and former charter member, Erik Shilling, served in the American Volunteer Group (The Flying Tigers) during the period of WW II. These heroic volunteers flew P-40’s in the China theater against the Japanese. This unit is dedicated to memorializing and celebrating the feats of these famous aviators. Much more detail can be learned about the AVG from their website.
The AVG was a group recruited by retired US Army Air Corps Captain Claire Chennault, who was an advisor to China in its ongoing war with Japan. Although the United States was not at war with Japan in 1937, President Roosevelt signed an order allowing members of the U.S. armed forces to resign from their respective services and join the AVG for the purpose of training Chinese pilots and defending the country from the marauding Japanese aircraft. Men of all branches, including 100 pilots and 200 support personnel were sent to Burma to train and fight.
Fieseler F1 156 (Stork)
The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch is a small German liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II. Production continued in other countries into the 1950s for the private market. It remains famous for its excellent STOL performance.