Flying Tigers Reunite for Recognition

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) -Three surviving members of the Flying Tigers appeared Friday morning at Redstone Arsenal for a celebration of the Army Association of America Fixed Wing Unit of the Year, which was awarded to a unit out of Los Alamitos, California.

But capturing much of the attention at the air field were three elderly men who were part of a volunteer effort to help train Chinese pilots during World War II.

(Ret.) Charles Baisden, USAF; Army Maj. (Ret.) Ed Stiles; and Frank Losonsky, former Flying Tigers crew chief were recognized for their service.

The Flying Tigers is a group of 252 men who volunteered to go to China to train Chinese pilots air combat from 1941 to 1942.

Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby thanked the three men for volunteering to go overseas to help their fellow man stop tyranny.

The three men posed for pictures in front of a P-40 Warhawk.

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