Burma: The Turning Point: The Seven Battles on the Tiddim by Ian Lyall Grant

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However, Clayton Bissell, who had coordinated Doolittle's flight, didnotthink Chennaultneededto know about the raid. Chennault also rued the loss of the B-25s, which were supposed to form his bombing force. With just a squadron of such bomben, Chermault believed he could have thwarted Japanese drives in several areas in the theater. Instea{ he had to press his increasingly tired pilots and P-40s into the dive-bomber role. By the first of May, Japanese ground forces had completed the conquest of Burma.

As the Chinese had experienced before the mixture of theAVG and alcohol, they senred only nonalcoholic punch at their soiree. , and the AVG quietly passed away. Five pilots agreed to join the AAF and remain in place: Tex Hill, Ed Rector, Charlie Sawyer, Frank Schiel, and Gil Bright. Hill, the former Navy ensign, became an Army Air Forces major and the squadron commander for the 75th Fighter SquadrorL leading his greenpilots onmissions thaq except forthe different insipia on the P-40s, were remarkably like those of the AVG In October lg42,Hillflew as the mission commander for nine P-40s escorting twelve bombers on a raid against Japanese-occupied Hong Kong.

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