Chennault

Chennault

[shuh-nawlt]
Chennault, Claire Lee, 1890-1958, American general, b. Commerce, Tex. In World War I he was a pioneer in air pursuit tactics. Retired (1937) from the army, he went to China and organized air defenses for Chiang Kai-shek. He formed there (1941) the American Volunteer Group (known as the Flying Tigers). Recalled (1942) to duty, he headed the U.S. air task force in China and retired (1945) as a major general.

See biography by R. L. Scott (1959, repr. 1973); study by his wife Anna Chennault (1963).

(born Sept. 6, 1890, Commerce, Texas, U.S.—died July 27, 1958, New Orleans, La.) U.S. brigadier general. He served in the army air corps for 20 years before retiring in 1937 because of increasing deafness. He became an air adviser to Chiang Kai-shek, and he formed the group of U.S. volunteer aviators called the Flying Tigers to combat the Japanese. Recalled to active duty in World War II, he commanded U.S. Army Air Forces in China (1942–45). He and his Chinese wife, Anna, remained influential supporters of Chiang Kai-shek.

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(born Sept. 6, 1890, Commerce, Texas, U.S.—died July 27, 1958, New Orleans, La.) U.S. brigadier general. He served in the army air corps for 20 years before retiring in 1937 because of increasing deafness. He became an air adviser to Chiang Kai-shek, and he formed the group of U.S. volunteer aviators called the Flying Tigers to combat the Japanese. Recalled to active duty in World War II, he commanded U.S. Army Air Forces in China (1942–45). He and his Chinese wife, Anna, remained influential supporters of Chiang Kai-shek.

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Chennault is an unincorporated community in Lincoln County, Georgia, United States. It lies at the intersection of State Routes 44 and 79, to the northwest of the city of Lincolnton, the county seat of Lincoln County. Its elevation is 466 feet (142 m), and it is located at (33.9076218, -82.6020786).

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