HEROES: Death on a Chinese Mountain

When the embattled American Volunteer Group broke up in China last July 4 some of the pilots came home, some donned the khaki and wings of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Last of these combat pilots still on duty in China was young (25), bronzed Major Frank Schiel of Prescott, Ariz.

Frank Schiel was poised and confident. He had been decorated (Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross) for more than 200 breathtaking reconnaissance flights over Burma, Siam, Indo-China and Occupied China. He had participated in every major campaign in China, had shot down six Jap planes; he had stayed on to help...

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