Statue of Claire Chennault in Taipei?

Does anyone know where the statue of Claire Chennault in Taipei is? Or… is it still around?

For those of you who are interested, Claire Chennault (陳納德) was the commander of the Flying Tigers during World War II, and helped the Nationalists fight Communism. There’s a little bit more information on, but not much more.

Interestingly, I found a first-edition signed book by his sister (about Claire himself) at No. 4 Park Central Library in Zhonghe (or is it Yonghe?). I think the book is called, “Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers”. It’s on the fifth floor.

Anyway, any pics or info would be totally cool.

I’ve seen it. It’s in what I believe is nowadays called the 228 park.

Now if if someone can point us to a statue of Joseph Stilwell in Taiwan, then I’ll be impressed. :stuck_out_tongue:

Hmm… is it red? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it, but I’ve been to 228 Peace Park many times.

There should be a statue of Douglas MacArthur, too… Stilwell will never get one!

There is a statue of Sun Yat-sen in a park in Toronto, I might add. And at York University (Toronto) and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, there are replicas of “Goddess of Democracy” of Tiananmen Square fame.

I highly agreed that MacArthur should get one in Taiwan because he was ready to nuke China into nuclear waste land in the Korean War. :smiley:

As for Stilwell, he saves many US lives and cost from a money pit knows as ROC. ROC would never give him one unless he sh*t himself all over and died in China the way they planned!! :astonished:

Chennault’s statue used to stand at the south entrance to the 228 park (facing Ketegalan Boulevard), but was removed shortly after CSB came into power.

MacArthur already has an expressway (what connects to the east end of Nanjing E. Rd.) and two bridges named after him in Neihu, Taipei.

Cool… but he still needs a statue! He looks like Bruce Willis, by the way. Haha…

Damn those bureaucrats in Washington… if only MacArthur had full authorization to do what he deemed necessary.

Is Claire Chennault’s wife still alive?

You might find the Martyr’s Shrine near the American Club of interest. And it is somewhat English friendly. The buses run by there - not sure of the numbers though.

My Chinese literature professor back in the States (University of Florida), is Claire Chennault’s daughter (Cynthia Chennault).

I found this on the Internet:

Anna Chen Chennault, Chennault’s second wife, and their two daughters, Cynthia and Claire Anna, live in Washington, D.C.

That’s cool, though. I wonder about Chiang Kai-Shek’s descendants. I know his son was also President of Taiwan, Chiang Ching-Kuo…

CJG married a Russian girl, Faina Ipatyevna Vakhreva (蔣方良). I believe they had four children. The surving daughter is Chiang Hsiao-chang (蔣孝章) resides in the USA along with the grand-children. The three other sons also had grandchildren before they died.

CJG also had a mistress 章亞若 and their surving child is on Taiwan mucking around in politics. Goes by the name John Chiang (蔣孝嚴 aka 章孝嚴).


Check this link, there is a short history and photo of the statue. (change the p2 to p1 for first half of the story, its not really related to CC though).

Also, from reading the ww2 color photo link on another thread I found out these flying tiger tidbits: (ok, i’m into history, plus bored tonight…)

The Flying Tigers, also known as the AVG (American Volunteer Group), only operated from December 1941 to July 1942. They were officially absorbed into the US Army Air Corps on July 5th, 1942 and assigned to the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group.

The Flying Tiger logo was designed by Walt Disney…(not the shark-mouth engine cowl, but the AVG logo).

The AVG decisive moment: On 7 May 1942, the powerful vanguard of two invading divisions of the Japanese 15th Army reached the narrow floor of the rugged Salween Gorge, gateway to southern China. But as the Japanese prepared to cross the river on a pontoon bridge, a Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk of the American Volunteer Group, known throughout the world as the Flying Tigers, roared into the gorge to drop a 57O pound bomb on the cliff above the road choked with enemy troops. Three more P-40E’s followed in quick succession to bomb the Japanese column. The P-40E’s were then joined by four P-40B Tomahawk “top cover” escorts, which streaked into the Gorge and added the weight of their sixteen machine guns to the slaughter. For the next four days, the handful of Flying Tiger pilots flew repeated sorties to pound columns of Japanese troops and equipment that were in full retreat towards the Burmese border. The Battle of the Salween Gorge ranks as one of the most decisive and critical uses of air power to reverse the course of a major ground offensive in the history aerial warfare, and is remembered as the battle that saved southern China form invasion.

Gregory ‘Pappy’ Boyington claims to have tangled with the Zero while with the Flying Tigers in China. (Boyington, of ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ fame, was a member of the original AVG under General Chennault.

After the war there were no known P40 IIBs in existence. In 1992, several were discovered in Russia that belonged to the same batch of planes from which the AVG’s planes were drawn. Several had been sent to Russia under lend-lease. Two are being restored to flying condition. There are no original Flying Tiger P40’s in existence today.

The patch on the back of the A-2 flight jacket is known as a ‘Blood Chit’, and was issued to the Flying Tigers by the Chinese government to keep them from being mistaken for enemy pilots by the locals. The ‘Blood Chit’ consists of a Chinese Nationalist flag, and the promise of a reward (written in Chinese) for helping to save the pilot’s life and providing for his safe return to his airfield. It is also emblazoned with the personal signature (‘chop’) of Chiang Kai Shek, the leader of Nationalist China.

The only small arms available for the American pilots in China were predominantly of British manufacture. Many Flying Tigers complained of the lack of pistols and rifles in China in 1941. Everything was in short supply, and some sold the extra leather flight jackets that they had brought along in order to equip themselves with side arms.

For years after the Flying Tigers disbanded in 1942, they had been known as a mercenary air force in the service of the Chinese government. Finally on July 4, 1991, in a ceremony honoring the Flying Tigers, the United States Government belatedly admitted the truth - the Flying Tigers had been created by secret order of President Franklin Roosevelt months before Pearl Harbor to help the Chinese defend their cities from the relentless bombing by the Japanese, who had invaded China in 1937.

Flying Tiger photos:

Unrelated: About 3/4 of the way down in this page (about the church in Taiwan), it talks a bit about the bombing in taipei in 1944: (One photo of a church bombed out) … nglish.htm

so now you know…!

True Story:
Many years back when the 228 Park was being renovated I was studying martial arts in the park one morning.

On the back of a blue utility truck laid the monument of Gen. Chennault hogtied and heading out of the park. His previous place was near the children’s playground on the south side of the park.

I shouted and gave chase carrying my Chinese Guan Dao (a thick bladed halberd). I got IN FRONT of the truck and started freaking out. A huge crowd gathered as I demanded to know where they were taking him. The poor driver rolled up the window and turned off the engine. My teacher and classmates came running and finally got from the driver that he was merely moving the general to the North side of the park. He was stationed near the museum for Sun, Yat Sen though I’m not sure now.

Another interesting character was “2 Guns” Cohen, my namesake and bodyguard to Sun,Yat Sen. He was a Canadian-Jew who was made a general in the ROC army. He was captured by the Japanese and interned in Hong Kong after trying to rescue Sun,Yat Sen’s wife.

This post is getting weirder! I read 4nr’s link about the Legion Post and it’s reunions and they held one in a bar I used to work in at
Pinedale, Wyoming the Cowboy Bar!

I also studied martial arts with a retired ROC air force general who met Chennault and flew the “Hump” to go to the states to train. Hope you find the general’s statue!

Robert Scott passed away February 27. I met interviewed him in Arizona 21 years ago.

[quote]Brigadier General Robert Scott
(Filed: 10/03/2006)

Brigadier General Robert Scott, who has died aged 97, became an “ace” fighter pilot flying alongside RAF squadrons in Burma against the Japanese in 1942, an experience that he recorded in his classic wartime memoir God is my Co-Pilot; a film of the same name, starring Dennis Morgan as Scott, was released in 1945.

Scott was a flying instructor in California when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. He immediately volunteered for active duty but, at the age of 34, he was deemed too old.

Eventually, falsely claiming that he had flown a B-17 bomber, he managed to be assigned to a bomber force due to make a top-secret raid on Tokyo.

When the operation was cancelled he was in Karachi and was soon appointed operations officer for the Assam-Burma-China Ferry Command, flying supplies across the Himalayas to, among others, General Claire Chennault and his American Volunteer Group (AVG), better known as the “Flying Tigers”, who operated in support of Nationalist Chinese forces.

Scott struck up a close friendship with Chennault, and persuaded him to lend him a P-40 Warhawk fighter, supposedly to protect the ferry route from attack. Scott operated over northern Burma and in the defence of Rangoon, the vital port for supplies to China.

In this fighter, which he called Old Exterminator, he carried out many ground-attack sorties against the advancing Japanese army and was soon in combat with enemy fighters: within a few weeks he had destroyed eight.

After the Japanese had occupied Burma, Scott and his pilots continued the fight in western China. The RAF air commander was full of praise for the AVG pilots, commenting: “Their gallantry in action won the admiration of both services.”

When the Flying Tigers were disbanded in July 1942 and absorbed into the USAAF, Scott was appointed to command them with the 23rd Fighter Group of the China Air Task Force. By February 1943 he had been credited with destroying 13 aircraft - the authorities would not confirm a further nine probables because his aircraft did not carry a gun camera.

His successes made him one of the first US air “aces” of the war. The enemy placed a reward on Scott’s head and he became known as the “one-man air force”. After flying 388 combat missions, he returned to the United States.

Robert Lee Scott was born on April 12 1908 at Waynesboro, Georgia, and was educated at Macon Lanier High School before entering the US Military Academy at West Point. After graduating as an army lieutenant in 1932 he toured Europe and Asia on a motorcycle before embarking on his pilot training in Texas.

In October 1957 Scott retired, becoming a prolific writer on aviation subjects; his books included The Day I Owned the Sky and Flying Tiger: Chennault of China. He also lectured widely. In 1980, at the age of 72, he spent 93 days walking and riding a camel along the entire 2,000-mile length of the Great Wall of China.

In 1986 Scott returned to Georgia, which he described as a homecoming, and immediately became involved in the building and establishment of the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Base, south of Atlanta. He continued to fly, and on his 88th birthday he flew in a F-15 Eagle fighter and a year later in the B-1 Lancer bomber.

Scott remained very active until the end of his life. In 1996, at the age of 88, he ran with the Olympic torch along a section of Georgia Highway 247 named in his honour. For many years he worked regularly at the air museum.

Robert Scott, who died on February 27, married Catherine Rix Green in 1934; she died in 1972, and their daughter survives him.[/quote]

Clair Chennault apparently had an eye for the ladies. There’s a wonderful story in the Sunday Times, Jan 22, 06, entitled ‘a very british coup’ that touches on the subject of Chennault running the Flying Tigers out of Kunming, and his boys, well being boys, on the weekends.

When Clair married Annie, it came as a shock to the Americans in Kunming, that he chose to marry a diminutive Chinese reporter. His response to UPI: “it gets mighty cold at night up in the mountains.”