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  • Title: Claire Lee Chennault papers
    Date: 1941-1967
    Collection Number: 67002
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 3 envelopes (5.4 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, orders, memoranda, reports, and speeches and writings, relating to aerial operations in China during World War II, and to postwar American foreign policy in China.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Chennault, Claire Lee, 1890-1958.


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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Claire Lee Chennault papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1890, Sept. 6 Born, Commerce, Texas
    1917 Commissioned First Lieutenant, U.S. Army. Became military aviator
    1937 Retired from U.S. Army Air Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel
    1937-1941 Adviser to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek
    1941, Aug.-1942, July Commanding Officer, American Volunteer Group in Chinese Air Force
    1942 Commissioned Brigadier General, U.S. Army Air Forces
    1942, July-1943, Mar. Commanding General, China Air Task Force
    1943 Promoted to Major General
    1943, Mar.-1945, Aug. Commanding General, 14th Air Force
    1945 Retired from U.S. Army Air Forces
    1946-1958 President, Chinese National Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Air Transport, and its successor organizations, Civil Air Transport and China Air Transport
    1949 Author, Way of a Fighter
    1958, July 27 Died, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    China. Air Force. American Volunteer Group.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 14th.
    United States. Army Air Forces. China Air Task Force.
    United States. Army--Officers.
    China--Foreign relations--United States.
    United States--Armed Forces.
    United States--Foreign relations--China.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations.
    World War, 1939-1945--China.
    World War, 1939-1945.