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Flying Tigers (1942)

Flying Tigers is also known as Yank Over Singapore and Yanks Over the Burma Road

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Flying Tigers (1942)

Flying Tigers (also known as Yank Over Singapore and Yanks Over the Burma Road) is a 1942 American black-and-white war film that was produced by Edmund Grainger and directed by David Miller. An internationally well know cast includes stars like John Wayne, John Carroll and Anna Lee.

Flying Tigersexaggerates the exploits of the American Volunteer Group(AVG) fighting the enemy in China since 1941 well before the U. S. entry into World War II. It is undoubtedly a wartime propaganda film that was well received by the audience looking for a patriotic movie. In the movie Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers - the American Volunteer Group. He must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against crushing chances while juggling the different personalities and problems of his fellow flyers. In particular, he must handle the difficulties created by a reckless hot-shot pilot named Woody Jason.

Flying Tigers only roughly represents the story of the real American Volunteer Group. Unlike the film characters, they recruited all American Volunteer Group pilots from active or reserve U. S. military forces. The first combat mission was on the 20th of December 1941, nearly two weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack.

  • British Burma (1824-1948)
  • Republic of China
  • Japan
  • United States
Directed by:
  • Addison Richards
  • Anna Lee
  • Edmund MacDonald
  • Gordon Jones
  • John Carrol
  • John Wayne
  • Mae Clarke
  • Paul Kelly
  • English
Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)
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