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Fierce in war, Humble at home, Last 'Flying Tiger' remembered

World War II air ace Ken Jernstedt, the last of the American Volunteer Group, has died aged 95. From 1941-2 in the skies over Myanmar he took part in many historic missions and shot down more than 10 Japanese aircraft

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The last surviving member of the US World War II air combat unit, the Flying Tigers, has died. Air ace Ken Jernstedt passed away on Feb 4 at a hospice in Wilsonville, Oregon. He was 95. 

OLD PALS: Jernstedt, right, and fellow veterans at the Tango Squadron Museum in Chiang Mai, 1994.

The American Volunteer Group (AVG), as the Flying Tigers were officially known, was a US government-sanctioned pursuit unit of the Chinese air force. It operated from December, 1941 to July, 1942, with the primary aim of defending Chinese supply routes through Myanmar from attacks by the Japanese.

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