‘Flying Tigers AVG 3rd Pursuit "Hell's Angel's"’ T-Shirt by warbirdwear
Flying Tigers AVG 3rd Pursuit "Hell's Angel's" by warbirdwear The Flying Tigers was the popular name of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942. The pilots came from all American branches, recruited under Presidential sanction and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The group consisted of three fighter squadrons with about 20 aircraft each. This design is the 3rd Pursuit squadron, the famous “Hell’s Angel’s”.
94th Fighter Squadron emblem. As the first American squadron in operation, its aviators were allowed to create their squadron insignia. They used the opportunity to commemorate the United States' entry into World War I by taking the phrase of tossing one's "hat in the ring" (a boxing phrase to signify one's willingness to become a challenger) and symbolizing it with the literal image of Uncle Sam's red, white and blue top hat going through a ring.