National Postcard Week
May 5-11, 2013
Boyd A. Shumway
14th Air Force
11 Bomb Squadron
"The Flying Tigers"
World War II
The Flying Tigers of the 14th Air Force helped drive the enemy from the skies over China and was effective in halting the Japanese ground and naval forces in Japan's attempt to capture China. The Flying Tigers played a significant role in achieving victory in the pacific theatre in World War II..
My Father, Boyd A. Shumway was 26 years old when he was assigned to the 14th Air Force, 11th bomb squadron, 341st group during WWII. He flew with the Flying Tigers in the China-Burma-India Theater. He few 50 Mitchell twin-engine bomber. He said the roughest missions were night strafing in mountainous areas. He left China in January 1944, arriving back home in December of that same year. His oldest child was born while he was in China and he saw him for the first time when Bob was 9 months old.
card by karin Gilbert
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Strafing is to attack repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft.
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There is a Movie based on the Flying Tigers:
Flying Tigers is a 1942 black-and-white war film, starring John Wayne and John Carroll as pilots in the mercenary fighter group fighting the Japanese in China prior to the U.S. entry into World War II.