Chinese soldier guarding P-40 Warhawk fighters of the AVG 'Flying Tigers', China, circa 1942

Caption   Chinese soldier guarding P-40 Warhawk fighters of the AVG 'Flying Tigers', China, circa 1942 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   208-AA-12X-21
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Hobilar says:
26 Sep 2007 02:16:18 PM

The aircraft used by the Flying Tigers were Tomahawk IIB (American P40C), of which 100 had been diverted to China in 1941 from a British purchasing order.
2. Denn says:
6 Oct 2011 07:22:03 PM

Note American markings after Pearl Harbor, it was no longer necessary to fly "Chinese" planes.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Feb 2015 07:15:54 PM


Well known and much published photograph of a Chinese soldier guarding AVG P-40s. Looks like our soldier is armed with a Japanese Arisaka bolt action rifle in 7.7mm, this weapon was standard
issue for the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII
The Arisaka was produced in different models over
2,500,000 were built.


Many of these rifles were captured and destroyed by US Forces in Japan at wars end. However, many more Arisaka rifles captured throughout Southeast Asia were issued regional forces many saw service into the 1960s

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