A reunion to remember

A-10 Warthog pilots honor lone surviving Flying Tiger


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Andrew Murrell, left, and Swabo Largomarsino, right, were happy to meet World War II Flying Tiger Frank Losonsky.

SENIOR LIFE Walter Kiley

The last of the Flying Tigers and descendants of American Volunteer Group of World War II, known as the Flying Tigers that flew under the command of Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault in China, recently held its 76th annual reunion at Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum.

Frank Losonsky, the lone surviving member from the World War II unit, was honored.

The 23 Flying Tigers Association members and two A-10 Warthog fighter aircraft pilots, headquartered at Moody Air Force Base, attended the reunion. The A-10s were on display during the reunion Sept. 21 at the museum in Titusville.

Losonsky, 97, served with the unit in 1941 in China.

Flying Tigers, pilots from the United States Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps, were recruited under presidential authority and commanded by Chennault.

The shark nose art of the Flying Tigers is one of the most recognizable images of combat aircraft or a unit of World War II.

The Flying Tigers were a unit comprised of three squadrons, whose purpose was to aid the Chinese against the Japanese.

Originally, the Flying Tigers group was comprised of about 100 pilots and a support crew of 200. Their first combat came in December 1941.

“We’re here keeping the AVG legacy going forever and ever,” said Michelle Clouthier, the president of the AVG Flying Tigers Association, whose father was one of the original Flying Tigers. 

For more information, go to flyingtigersavg.com.

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