Exchange Exemplar: The War Before The War With Japan
Many of us remember the date of the Pearl Harbor attack easily. It helps that FDR spelled it out in his speech to Congress: "Yesterday, December 7th, 1941..."
But our engagement with Japanese forces did not commence upon that very date. A set of American planes and pilots stationed in China quietly took on Japanese forces long before Pearl Harbor.
That's the story Sam Kleiner tells in his book The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan. We catch up on the details of the campaign and the campaigners in this interview from 2018.