SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A press conference announcing the publication of "Fallen Tigers: The Fate of America's Missing Airmen in China during World War II" was held on Wednesday in Livermore, U.S. state of California.
In his new book, historian Daniel Jackson, himself also a U.S.A.F fighter pilot, sheds light on the stories of downed American airmen, who were rescued, sheltered, and protected by a remarkable cross-section of the Chinese people, who risked everything in helping hundreds of "Flying Tigers" evade capture at the hands of the Japanese army and return to Allied controlled territory.
American volunteer pilots fighting Japanese troops in China during World War II (WWII) are better known in the country as the Flying Tigers.
The event was co-hosted by the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco and the Sino-American Aviation Heritage Foundation. Participants reviewed the historical legacy of the two countries' cooperation during WWII.
According to statistics, more than 200 downed "Flying Tigers" airmen were rescued by the Chinese people, and thousands of Chinese people were killed by Japanese invaders for the rescue missions.