"A fine addition to our knowledge of World War II, especially war in the Far East. . . Relatively few Flying Tigers have written and published their view of 'how it really was.' For readers interested in the China-Burma-India theater in World War II or for those interested in exploring the flexibility of airpower, this book is a must.”—Air & Space Power Journal
Into the Teeth of the Tiger: Into the Teeth of the Tigerby Donald S. Lopez, Von Hardesty (Editor), Ds Lopez
Into the Teeth of the Tiger provides a vivid, pilot’s-eye view of one of the most extended projections of American air power in World War II Asia. Lopez chronicles every aspect of fighter combat in that theater: harrowing aerial battles, interludes of boredom and inactivity, instances of courage and cowardice. Describing different pilots’/i>
Into the Teeth of the Tiger provides a vivid, pilot’s-eye view of one of the most extended projections of American air power in World War II Asia. Lopez chronicles every aspect of fighter combat in that theater: harrowing aerial battles, interludes of boredom and inactivity, instances of courage and cowardice. Describing different pilots’ roles in each type of mission, the operation of the P-40, and the use of various weapons, he tells how he and his fellow pilots faced not only constant danger but also the munitions shortages, poor food, and rat-infested barracks of a remote sector of the war. The author also offers keen observations of wartime China, from the brutalities of the Japanese occupation to the conflict between Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists and the Communist movement.
This edition of Lopez's acclaimed account features new photographs, most of which have never before been published. Relating how the 23rd Fighter Group continued to win battles even as the Japanese gained ground, Into the Teeth of the Tiger is the humorous and insightful memoir of an ace pilot caught in the paradox of victory in retreat.
Meet the Author
Donald S. Lopez served in the US Army Air Force and the US Air Force from 1942 to 1964 and was later on the faculty of the US Air Force Academy. He is currently the deputy director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and the author of Fighter Pilot's Heaven: Flight Testing the Early Jets (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995).
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Most of what I have found about the Flying Tigers have been broad histories with little detail about daily life in China. This book details what it was like on the ground and in the air. I would recommend reading the history of the Flying Tigers before reading this as it will give you a better perspective of what the author is talking about and going through and why.
I recently finished Lopez's book and found it very enjoyable and hard to put down. Donald Lopez is now the Assistant Director of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. It's clear to see why he holds that title after reading this book. His insightful writing and honest accounting of his actions, and those around him, while serving in the CBI theater make this book a joy. Whether surviving the relative boredom of training in India, where he and his buddies created a few pranks to keep themselves entertained, to surviving the air-to-air fighting in the cockpit of his old P-40, where life and death was literally a wingtip away, Lopez keeps you right in the thick of the action. I guarantee that after reading this book cover to cover you will have a new respect for the much maligned P-40, for the brave men who flew and sometimes died in them, and for all those who served in the 14th Air Force during WWII. Lopez's writing brings to life a chapter of WWII history that is largely unknown by many today. I hope you take the time to read his book, I think you'll be richly rewarded.