The Flying Tigers and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be commemorated Monday during a lecture and exhibit on the University at Buffalo North Campus.
“World War II with the Flying Tigers” is presented by the Confucius Institute and UB’s College of Arts and Sciences. The exhibit is dedicated to Rebecca Chan Chung, who served as a nurse with the Flying Tigers and the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) during World War II.
In 1993, CNAC veterans were awarded U.S. Army veteran status. Chung died on Dec. 7, 2011 and received her honorable discharge posthumously in January 2012. Her discharge papers were presented by then Rep. Kathy Hochul to UB Professor Deborah Chung, a daughter of Rebecca Chan Chung, co-author of her mother’s story, “Piloted to Serve.”
The Flying Tigers were formed in 1941 to help defend China against the Japanese. The squadron, based in China, fought more that 50 battles in Burma and China, flying Curtiss Wright P-40 fighter planes made in Buffalo.
The UB lecture will be presented by Deborah Chung at 4 p.m. in O’Brian Hall, Room 509. The event and reception are free and open to the public.