GENERAL CHENNAULT, OF “FLYING TIGERS” FAME, WRITING FROM TAIWAN, RECALLS HIS PREDICTIONS ABOUT RED CHINESE INVOLVEMENT IN THE KOREAN WAR
CHENNAULT, CLAIRE LEE. (1890-1958). American Army officer; best known for his leadership of the “Flying Tigers” and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II. Typed Letter Signed, “C.L. Chennault”, on his name-imprinted “The Orient’s Own” CAT Civil Air Transport letterhead. One page, quarto. Taipei, Taiwan, February 24, 1953. Very fine condition. To “Mr. Michael R. Gibbons, 3311 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.” Chennault writes:
“Dear Mr. Gibbons: Thank you very much for your letter of February 16th. It does encourage me to know that I have some friends who believe in the things I say. I have hopes that the new Administration will do some, if not all, the things I have recommended in the past several years. Although I do not make any claim to being a prophet, I wish you would read my article in Colliers dated November 18, 1950 (I believe this is the correct date). In that article I predicted the possible entry of the Red Chinese into the Korean War.
Again thanking you for your very nice letter, I am Most sincerely yours, C.L. Chennault, Major General, Retired, U.S.A.F.”
Just a fine letter from the commander of the “Flying Tigers”, who was widely viewed in China as a war hero who had protected the Chinese people from Japanese bombing raids prior to the formal entry of the US in WWII.