Thursday, August 20, 2009

Charles R. Bond, Jr., 1915-2009

Texas A&M University Press mourns the recent loss of Major General USAF (RETD) Charles R. Bond, Jr., author of one of the Press's bestselling military history books, A Flying Tiger's Diary. A memorial service will be held in Dallas Aug. 25.

General Bond, Texas A&M University class of '49, partnered with Dr. Terry H. Anderson, a professor of history at Texas A&M, to complete the manuscript based on the diary Bond kept in a shoebox after serving with Claire Chennault in China. In 1986, Texas A&M University Press published A Flying Tiger's Diary, which is now in its ninth printing.

A Flying Tiger's Diary has earned many accolades over the years. This excerpt is from Military:

"The snarling tiger shark's teeth on the nose of the Flying Tigers' P-40 fighter aircraft have become the hallmark of aerial supremacy, and these first-hand accounts recorded by one of the AVG's foremost aces, will go far toward reminding Americans why."

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