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China-US cultural exchangesFlying Tigers members attend peace festival in Central China(Xinhua)Updated:2015-09-05 20:18:07CommentsPrintMailLargeMediumSmall8.03KMelvin D. Mcmullen, a Flying Tigers veteran, finds his photo displayed on the wall at the Flying Tigers Memorial Hall in Kunming on Sunday. The American Volunteer Group, dubbed the Flying Tigers by the Chinese for their courage, was formed in 1941 under the leadership of US General Claire Lee Chennault to help China drive the Japanese from the skies. A group of Flying Tigers veterans visited the memorial hall on Sunday. LIU RANYANG / FOR CHINA DAILYCHANGSHA – The fifth China Zhijiang International Peace and Culture Festival began on Saturday in Zhijiang Dong autonomous county in Hunan province, Central China.As this year coincides with the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory, the widow of US Gen. Claire Lee Chennault, the leader of the “Flying Tigers” air squadron, Anna Chan Chennault, and former members of Flying Tigers attended the festival.On Aug. 21, 1945, Japanese representatives in Zhijiang signed a surrender memorandum, just days before Japan signed the formal surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2.The American Volunteer Group, called the Flying Tigers by the Chinese for their courage, was formed in 1941 under the leadership of Chennault to help China drive out the Japanese.”Im not a hero. Im just a man who had participated in the war,” Paul Crawford, 91, a member of the Flying Tigers, said.Crawford remembers how he and his fellow soldiers were rescued by Chinese after their plane was shot down by the Japanese. “The Chinese people are nice and friendly.”An estimated 2,264 American Flying Tigers, and more than 900 Chinese aviators who fought along side with them died during the war.According to James Whitehead, chairman of the Flying Tiger Historical Organization board, about 90 percent of the team received care from Chinese residents during the war.”Without mutual help and support, we couldnt have won the war, ” Whitehead said.Anna Chan Chennault, 90, visited Zhijiang after 20 years.”We are gathered here at Zhijiang, a place with such an important history, believing that we can continue to cooperate with each other and do more to maintain world peace,” she said at the opening ceremony of the festival.The first festival was in 2002 in Zhijiang.Previous Page1 2 3 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 Next PageRelated StoriesFrench historian lauds nations contribution to World War II effortHistoric World War II sites around the worldGansu gives concert in honor of World War II victoryFlying Tigers: Roar of the brave in ChinaThe Flying Tigers, American fighter regiment in China during WWIIMeeting the Flying Tigers in XianPhotosChinas first lady unveils stamp honoring disabledChina gifts the UN Zun of Peace for 70th anniversaryFirst Lady Peng delivers speech in English at UNChinese President Xi speaks at UN General AssemblyIn pictures: Chinese Presidents visit in US on Sept 25Whos who at the White House state dinnerSuggested for YouVideo: Liyuan style: A symbolof elegance and graceFrom Iowa farm to WH:Xis former US visitsTies that bind: Seattleslinks with China7 ways Chinese travelersbenefit from US visa extensionXis 2012 US tour asChinese vice-presidentMergers and acquisitionsdeals between China and USFirst lady diplomacy:Soft power at its finestPresident Xi on the ballwhen it comes to sport …| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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