Tigers Over China
The Aircraft of the A.V.G.
By Thomas A. Tullis
8.5" x 11"
This book, written and illustrated
by Tom Tullis, is a title that anyone with an interest in the
Flying Tigers should have in their reference library.
The book is published by Eagle
Editions in their EagleFiles series, being the 4th title
in the line. It is printed on 88 pages of thick, quality paper.
This continues the format of the previous books that I have
reviewed. The majority of the book is made up of captioned photos,
some in color. It is also lavishly illustrated with exquisite
Tullis spent a year interviewing
surviving pilots and gathering the necessary reference material
for this book. The result is a well-researched book with ample
documentation of theP-40's of the A.V.G. using 125 rare and
unpublished captioned photos. These clear photos supply supporting
documentation for his color profiles.
Tom enters into a detailed discussion
explaining the camouflage colors of these aircraft. He details
the use of DuPont paints as applied by Curtiss to the upper
surfaces. There has been plenty of confusion about the undersurface
colors. The author makes his case for Aircraft Grey.
The book includes eight color
side profiles, two color upper views and five b&w side profiles
by the author. In my opinion, these profiles surely must rank
as some of his best work to date. The views also include captions
detailing many of the subtle differences attributable to each
The author details the Squadron
markings of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Pursuit Squadrons. He includes
additional illustrations of these markings, supported and elaborated
upon with text. The reader will also find details and illustrations
explaining six different styles of Shark Mouths, made famous
by The Flying Tigers.
Much has been written about
the exploits of The Flying Tigers, while little is known about
the camouflage and markings of their aircraft. This book makes
a great one-stop reference source and I strongly recommend it
to anyone interested in the P-40, particularly The Flying Tigers.