Thank you for your reply. Now I have more conflicting information to sort out. If you can help me further, or if there's someone out there who can, I would really appreciate it. I determined Maupin was in the Flying Tigers, due to the letters he wrote. Could they have still called themselves Flying Tigers, even though they weren't "officially" so? Do you have any more insight to this? Here's a quote from Maupin's first letter in China (written 43Oct29):
". . . I am in an outfit to which I am permanently assigned. It is the Fourteenth Air Force, “Flying Tiger” Group commanded by General Chennault. For my part I am proud to be a member of so famous an organization. I am sure that you have heard of it. For your satisfaction this outfit has posted the best combat score earned by any outfit in the Army Air Corps. Since its beginning and through statistics founded upon hundreds of aerial engagements, the 14th Air Force (commonly known as Flying Tigers) have downed nine enemy ships for every one of our own that has been lost. In Europe we only hold a two to one edge and in the Southwest Pacific, a four to one edge. . . "
Again, thank you, and I would appreciate any extra information. Cheryl