Birthplace of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault

Birthplace of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault (HM29A0)

Location: Commerce, TX 75428 Hunt County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 14.892', W 95° 54.172'

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(1890 - 1958)

Organizer-commander of the famous "Flying Tigers" of the China-Burma-India theater in World War II. An outstanding air strategist, Chennault had retired from a pioneer flying career when, in 1937, he was asked by Gen. Chaing Kai-Shek to help China develop an air force to combat threatening raids by Japan.

Four years later, with World War II spreading, he received permission from the U. S. to seek a corps of American airmen to help train the Chinese. A total of 252 men—87 pilots and 165 ground personnel—joined the "American volunteer group." Its popular name resulted from a misunderstanding of the sharks' teeth painted on the noses of the aircraft.

The Tigers formed three squadrons—"Adam and Eve," "Panda Bears," and "Hell's Angels"—supported by the expert pilots of the China National Aviation Corps, a daring supply transport group. So effectively had Chennault studied Japanese air tactics that his tiny band officially destroyed 539 enemy aircraft while losing only 90 itself. During 1941-1942, they checked Japan's invasion of China, then joined regular units.

Jack Cornelius, also a native of Commerce and a close friend of Chennault's, was a member of the first pursuit squadron of the Tigers.

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Chennault was born in 1893, but some documents recorded

1890, possibly for him to attend college immediately after graduating high school.
HM NumberHM29A0
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 229541 N 3682561
Decimal Degrees33.24820000, -95.90286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 14.892', W 95° 54.172'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 14' 53.52" N, 95° 54' 10.32" W
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Area Code(s)903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1511 Monroe St, Commerce TX 75428, US
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