FLYING TIGERS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LT. COL. CHARLES H. OLDER, FLT. LDR. KEN A. JERNSTEDT, CHARLES N. "CHUCK" BAISDEN, FRANK LOSONSKY - HFSID 296251
FLYING TIGERS: CHUCK OLDER, CHUCK BAISDEN, FRANK LAWLOR and KENNETH JERNSTEDT Photo montage on a single sheet, showing aircraft and crews of the famous unit, and a map of their area of operations, signed by all four Photograph signed:
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FLYING TIGERS: CHUCK OLDER, CHUCK BAISDEN, FRANK LAWLOR and KENNETH JERNSTEDT Photo montage on a single sheet, showing aircraft and crews of the famous unit, and a map of their area of operations, signed by all four Photograph signed: "Chuck Older", "Chuck Baisden", "Ken Jernstedt/AVG/#88", "Frank Losonsky". B/w, 8x10. Nine images on one sheet. At the urging of former U.S. Army Air Corps Captain (later General) Claire Chennault, serving as advisor the Chinese Air Force, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order (April 15, 1941) allowing reserve officers and enlisted men in the U.S. armed forces to resign from active duty and join an American Volunteer Group to fight with the Chinese Air Force in its struggle against Japan, which had attacked China in 1937. The AVG was actually short lived, seeing its first combat on December 20, 1941 - two weeks after Pearl Harbor - and being absorbed into the U.S. Army Air Corps on July 4, 1942. In the intervening months, the AVG, universally known as the Flying Tigers, covered itself with glory. The Flying Tigers in their P40-B fighters, painted with the famous shark's teeth and eyes, destroyed a confirmed 299 Japanese planes and notched 153 more probables, losing only ten pilots in the air and three on the ground (three pilots were taken prisoner), while fighting in the China-Burma-India Theater. The Flying Tigers also compelled Japan to limit its terror bombing of Chinese cities, previously almost unopposed. CHARLES "CHUCK" OLDER (1917-2006) earned double ace status with the AVG, later adding more kills with the US 23rdFighter Group, for a total of 18. He served throughout World War II and the Korean conflict. Appointed Los Angeles Superior Court judge by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1967, he later presided at the murder trial of Charles Manson. KEN JERNSTEDT (b. 1917), Flight Leader of the AVG Third Squadron, was awarded the Chinese Cloud Banner and the Distinguished Flying Cross, earning 10.5 kills for double ace status. He was a test pilot for the remainder of World War II, and then joined Coca Cola. He served for many years in the Oregon State Senate. CHARLES "CHUCK" BAISDEN, a member of the ground crew (3rd Squadron Armorer) went on to serve with the First Air Commandos in the same theater of war. His memoir, From Flying Tiger to Air Commando (1998) is considered one of the best first-hand accounts of the AVG. Crew Chief FRANK LOSONSKY was a member of "Hell's Angels". Fine condition.
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