Claire Lee Chennault
CL Chennault
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1893
Date of Death: 1958
Cause of Death: Cancer
Occupation: Military aviator
Spouse: Nell Thompson (div. 1946)
Anna Chennault (née Chen Xiangmei)
Children: Claire Anna and Cynthia Louise (daughters)
Military Branch: U.S. Army Air Corps (1917-1937)
Republic of China Air Force (1937–1942)
U.S. Army Air Forces (1942–1945)
Turtledove Appearances:
"News From the Front"
POD: December 8, 1941
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1893 – July 27, 1958), was an American military aviator. A contentious officer, he was a fierce advocate of "pursuit" or fight-interceptor aircraft during the 1930s when the U.S. Army Air Corps was focused primarily on high-altitude bombardment. Chennault retired in 1937, went to work as an aviation trainer and adviser in China, and commanded the "Flying Tigers" during World War II, both the volunteer group and the uniformed units that replaced it in 1942.

Claire Lee Chennault in "News From the Front"Edit

The Washington Post ran a story on the failings of the Roosevelt administration by referring to General Claire Lee Chennault's report about the combat powers of the Zero being ignored by Washington, DC.[1]


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