Monday, July 12, 2010
Flying Tiger's Big Score in Singapore
Late in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt approved a plan to have three squadrons of American fliers travel to China to fly missions against Japan. They were officially employees of Chiang Kai-shek. Their first combat mission took place on December 20, 1941 and achieved an outstanding success, downing nine Japanese bombers. I recently learned that en route to China they managed to pull of an impressive coup of an entirely different sort. They were adventurous young men who were each carrying a large chunk of advance pay. History relates that when their ship docked in Singapore, they placed a large advertisement in the Singapore Times announcing that they were Hollywood producers looking for actresses to star in major motion pictures. Alas, there is no record of how many scores they tallied while in Singapore.