Claire Lee Chennault

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Claire Lee Chennault
Nickname"Old Leatherface"
Born(1893-09-06)September 6, 1893
Commerce, Texas, U.S.
DiedJuly 27, 1958(1958-07-27) (aged 64)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Buried atArlington 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 service1917–1945
Rank Lieutenant general
Commands held

Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1893 – July 27, 1958)[1] 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.[2] He died of lung cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 27, 1958 at the age of 64.

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  1. Birthdate: Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2010 and give 1890 as birthyear
  2. Byrd 1987, p. 367.

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