A traveling exhibit of 200 photographs documenting the history of the World War II “Flying Tigers,” will open on December 2 at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. The exhibit, which appeared at the Capitol Hill Rayburn Foyer in November, will visit air museums and libraries in Southern California after its first tour at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.
The exhibition is the work of Pedro Chan, Ph.D., a long-time collector and donor of Flying Tigers memorabilia. Growing up in Macau, Chan heard stories about the Flying Tigers, an American fighting squadron of volunteer aviators that inspired him to learn more. “Salute to WWII Flying Tigers in China” is a fulfillment of Chan’s long-time goal to share the Flying Tigers legacy of honor and courage with people of all ages.
Army Lieutenant General Claire L. Chennault commanded the Flying Tigers American Volunteer Groups (AVG), China Air Task Force (CATF) and the Fourteenth Army Air Force (14th AAF) during the World War II campaign to defend China against invading Japanese forces. Chan says it was an honor to have Anna Chennault, widow of LTG Chennault, as an honorary sponsor of the exhibit.
The public is invited to view the exhibit December 2-31 during library hours Monday through Sunday.
For more information about the exhibit please contact the library at 626-307-1368. The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is the city’s public library located at 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Library hours are Sundays 1-5 p.m.; Mondays and Tuesdays 12-9 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more City of Monterey Park news and information visit the city website at www.MontereyPark.ca.gov.
Cindy Costales, Senior Librarian Adult and Teen Services