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Flying Tigers Museum in Chongqing

Friday, June 10th, 2011
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Plan your Chongqing Tour? it is worth visiting the former residence of General Joseph Warren Stilwell, which also houses the Flying Tigers Museum if you are interested in the Wartime Capital of Chongqing during the anti-Japanese war.

General Joseph Warren Stilwell served as Chief of Staff in the China-Burma-India Theater as well as  the Chief of Staff to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek in 1942 during the Second World War.

General Joseph Warren Stilwell’s former residence in Chongqing has now been converted to the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum in his honor. The museum began to be opened to the public in 1991.

General Joseph W Stilwell contributed a lot to China’s successful flight against the Japanese aggression. On October 19, 1944, Stilwell was recalled from his command by President Franklin D. Roosevelt partly due to the power struggle over the China Theater that appeared between Stilwell, Chennault, and Chiang Kai-Shek. Especially his blunt confrontation with Chiang finally led to Chiang’s determination to have Stilwell recalled to the United States.

Stilwell died of stomach cancer on October 12, 1946. His ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean. A cenotaph was placed at the West Point Cemetery.

The entrance to the compound of the former namesake residence converted General Joseph Warren Stilwell Museum.

The entrance to the compound of the former namesake residence converted General Joseph Warren Stilwell Museum.

A bust of General Joseph on the compound along the Yangtze River.

A bust of General Joseph Warren Stilwell

A bust of General Joseph Warren Stilwell

The main building of the residence is a two-storey house.
 

The main building of the residence is a two-storey house.

A huge stone opened book carved with words both in Chinese and English meaning:

A huge stone opened book

 

To the name of the people of the United States of America

I present this scroll to the City of Chungking (Chongqing)

As a symbol of our admiration for its brave men, women and children.  Under blasts from the terror from the air, even in the days before the world at large had known this terror, Chungking and its people held out firm and unconquered.

They proved gloriously that terrorism cannot destroy the spirit of a people determined to be free. Their fidelity to the cause of freedom will inspire the hearts of all generations.

Franklin D Roosevelt
May 17th, 1944

I also noticed the inscriptions carved on a square stone column in English and Chinese: ” With the guns silent and the smoke faded, it is the historical friendship and our memory that will last forever“.

The inscriptions carved on a square stone column

 
The entrance to the Flying Tigers Museum housed in the former residence of General Joseph Warren Stilwell now has been converted to a museum of the namesake.
 

The entrance to the Flying Tigers Museum

Flying Tigers was the nickname of the first American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, commanded by Claire Lee Chennault.

The Flying Tigers fought against the much stronger Japanese Air Force, shooting down over 2600 Japanese aircrafts at the cost of 500 planes, safeguarded the Chinese air route Hump Flight.

The group consisted of three fighter squadrons with about 20 aircraft and its group headquarters.

The name list of the Headquarters of the above photo

The Flying Tigers was commanded by Claire Lee Chennault

Flying Tigers, commanded by Claire Lee Chennault

 
Here is the name list of the above photo for the first pursuit Squadron.

Here is the name list of the above photo for the first pursuit Squadrons.

The Second Pursuit Squadron of Flying Tiger

Second First Pursuit Squadron of Flying Tiger

The Third Pursuit Squadron of Flying Tigers
 

The Third Pursuit Squadron of Flying Tiger

May the friendship between China and the United States last for ever despite of piled of existing obstacles.
 

May the friendship between China and the United States lasts for ever despite of piled of obstacles existing.

 

The address for General Joseph Warren Stilwell Museum:
English: No.63, Jialing Xinlu, Yuzhong District, Chongqing.
Chinese: 重庆渝中区嘉陵新路63号
Tel: (023)63872794

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Chongqing Half Day Highlight Tour   from US$35 p/p
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Chongqing Dazu Grottoes Day Tour  US$ 90 p/p
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