AVIATION: Gravy for the Flying Tigers

After his return from China a year ago, Robert W. Prescott, 32, a former Flying Tiger (six Jap planes) and Hump-hopper for the China National Aviation Corp., began writing unsentimental letters to his old buddies. His letters made one point: he was looking for money and talent to build a U.S. counterpart of the C.N.A.C.

Shy, baby-faced Robert F. ("Duke") Hedman, who had shot down six Japs, and had flown the Hump 350 times, had an unemployed $10,000. Joe Rosbert (six Jap planes), who once crashed in the Himalayas and walked out in 46 days, threw in...

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