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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.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.