Thursday, March 9, 2023

Hells Angels, Flying Tigers 1942

A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was rescued after being buried 50 years ago on a South Pacific Island. 13,738 were produced during WWII. Most famous were the “Flying Tigers.” They were volunteers in service to the Chinese Air Force against the Japanese. The unit’s 3rd Pursuit Squadron of 10 planes was comprised of Marine Corps aviators. They called themselves the Hell’s Angels.
R.T. Smith
HAMC official history says the name comes from a World War II veteran from the Flying Tigers. Flying Tiger Arvid Olson was a close friend of one of the founders of the Hells Angels.
The "Death’s Head" logo can be traced to two U.S. Army Air Corps patches, the 85th Fighter Squadron and the 552nd Medium Bomber Squadron.