1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 28, 2021 1:30 PM by Zachary Dabbs

    Seeking number of Chinese & Chinese American pilots trained in Arizona

    Justin Dalley Newbie

      I am seeking the number of Chinese and Chinese American pilots (fighter, bomber, hump, and any crews) that were trained in Arizona for the Flying Tigers. This is for a capstone project, I'm working on currently. Not having much luck in retrieving this information. I know the last of the training Chinese pilots would be sent to finalize their training in Arizona, much of their initial training was commenced in China in Burma and Kunming. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking number of Chinese & Chinese American pilots trained in Arizona
          Zachary Dabbs Scout

          Dear Mr. Dalley,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 106 files that pertain to the American Volunteer Group, known as the Flying Tigers. We also located 14 files pertaining to Chinese or Chinese American Pilots. You may find the file units Roster: Flying Tigers, American Volunteer Group on reel A8350 and Roster of Personnel on reel B0047 of interest. Please read the brief Abstracts to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon in the search results. In the PDF listing the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. If the reel number begins with A, B or C, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for more information about them.


          If the reel number begins with D - Z, the microfilm is still security classified and RDT2 will not be able to make the reel available to you. The original paper copy from which the film was created is still in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) and has been declassified. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page. If there is no IRISREF information, only AFHRA has the records.


          In addition, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Background Files to the Study "History of the China-Burma-India Theater: The American Volunteer Group", ca. 1943 - ca. 1943 in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319) that may include the information you are seeking regarding the Flying Tigers. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact RDT2.


          Another potential resource is the morning reports for Army Air Force units from November 1, 1912 to August 1947 that are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please find details regarding access to the morning reports on the NARA web page Access to Morning Reports and Unit Rosters. For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Lastly, we suggest you review the previous History Hub post The Flying Tigers: A List of Archival Resources by Mary Burtzloff and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library. You may find the responses to the History Hub posting Where can I find WWII China/Burma Unit Records? useful in your research.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!