Collection 399 - Pistole Collection - Flying Tigers (AVG)

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TxAM-CRS 399

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Pistole Collection - Flying Tigers (AVG)


  • 1937; 1941-1942; Undated (Creation)


1 box

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Charles R. Bond, Jr. was born in Dallas, TX on April 22, 1915 (d. August 18, 2009). His military career began in March 1938 when he enlisted in the Texas National Guard under the Aviation Cadet Program. In September 1941, he transferred to the Flying Tigers, an American volunteer air force serving in China. Charles Bond fought against the Japanese and received honors from the Chinese military for his bravery along with numerous American military honors. In October 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and became Chief of the Air Division, United States Military Mission to the U.S.S.R. in Moscow, where he served for one year as an aide to Ambassador Harriman. In 1947 Bond entered Texas A&M College underthe U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology program and graduated in 1949 with a BS in Management Engineering.

After graduation, Bond served as Chief of the Air Defense Plans Branch, Director of Plans, Organization and Requirements, Headquarters Continental Air Command (CONAC). Later, he attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL in 1951. From 1951 to 1954 General Bond served at Pepperrell Air Force Base, Newfoundland, as the Director of Air Defense and then Deputy for Operations, Headquarters Northeast Air Command (NEAC), and as Commander of the 64 thAir Division (NEAC). In July 1954, General Bond went to Colorado as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Continental Air Defense Command Headquarters. In September 1957, he was named Commander of the 25 thAir Division, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, and in August 1959 was assigned as Commander of the 28 thAir Division, Hamilton Air Force Base, California.

Major General Charles R. Bond, Jr. was assigned other various high ranking positons until his retirement from service August 1968.

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This collection includes a compilation of photocopies from diaries, correspondence, and memoirs from volunteers in the "Flying Tigers" (AVG) unit, which was a volunteer Air Force unit deployed to assist the Chinese against the Japanese Air Force during World War II (WWII).

The collection was compiled by Major General Charles R. Bond, Jr. who was a ranking member in the Flying Tigers unit.

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The collection is a combination of different small collections that were compiled and semi-processed in 1991, arranged alphabetically by subject matter, and further processed using the same organization in order to preserve original order and provenance.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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Finding Aid Authors: Jenny Reibenspies.

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