Claire Lee Chennault
|Claire Lee Chennault|
|Born||September 6, 1893|
Commerce, Texas, U.S.
|Died||July 27, 1958 (aged 64)|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch|| United States Army Air Service (1918-1926)|
United States Army Air Corps (1926–1937)
Republic of China Air Force (1937–1942)
United States Army Air Forces (1942–1945)
|Years of service||1917–1945|
Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1893 – July 27, 1958) was an American military aviator. He was best known for his leadership of the "Flying Tigers" and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II.
Chennault was twice married and had a total of ten children. From 1947 until his death in 1958, he married Chinese reporter Anna Chennault.
Chennault was promoted to lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force on July 18, 1958, nine days before his death on July 27, at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. He died of lung cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 27, 1958 at the age of 64.
References[change | change source]
- Birthdate: Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2010 and www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107526/major-general-claire-lee-chennault/ give 1890 as birthyear
- Byrd 1987, p. 367.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Flying Tigers Memorial in China (in Chinese)
- Short biography of Chennault
- Biographical sketch at USAF Museum at the Wayback Machine (archived July 18, 2006)
- Chennault at Arlington Cemetery
- Time magazine, 1942 article on Chennault
- Claire Lee Chennault papers at the Hoover Institution Archives