AuthorPhoto1Daniel Jackson grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Military History and a minor in Chinese Language. He earned his wings at Sheppard Air Force Base in February 2011 and is now an Air Force pilot living near Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Famine, Sword, and Fire is his second book. Schiffer published his first book, The Forgotten Squadron, in 2010.

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  1. I look forward to reading your book. My father flew a P38 in China (his second tour). If I understand correctly, the 449th was the only P38 squadron in China, so he must have flown with it. His name was Winslow E. (Jack) Winans.

    • You are correct, it was the only P-38 squadron in China and I do remember seeing your father’s name in some of the mission reports. Do you know when he was assigned to the squadron?

      • It must have been late in the war. He completed 50 missions in Europe before going to China. On May 10, 1945, he signed a missing pilot report for a missing pilot named Peter Bunce. On Sept 4, he was back in the US. I don’t know why he left China before the end of hostilities. Tank you for your help.

  2. Dan,

    My grandfather was Arthur Arpin. He is mentioned a couple times in your book and included in a picture on pg. 26. He was my inspiration for becoming a pilot. I received his Army Air Corps wings in September (headed to KBAD to fly the BUFF). I was hoping to find out if you had seen/heard any more information on him during your research. I bought your book for myself and a copy for my dad so that we could share in a little more of his history. He was a pretty quiet guy and therefore we didn’t get a whole lot of information from him about the war (like many of the guys back then). Thanks in advance.


    • Kevin,

      It’s good to hear from you. I always enjoy hearing from the veterans or their families. Your grandfather was one of the original members of the 449th Fighter Squadron. He is mentioned occasionally in squadron records, but the only statement I found from him directly was his eyewitness account of Lt Col McMillan’s fatal crash:

      “I was flying Col. McMillan’s wing when his right engine was shot out. His engine was shot out right after dropping frags. It was smoking very badly so he said he would have to bail out, but first he was going to get out of the target area as far as he could. I stayed in formation with him while I feathered my own right engine. Both of Col. McMillan’s engines were still running but he said that all of the coolant in his right engine was leaking out and his left engine oil pressure was dropping fast. Eight or ten miles from our target he said he was going to try bellying into the river and asked, ‘How do these things land on water?’ Someone said, ‘Climb out of your parachute.’ Right after this I started overtaking him and saw that his left engine was froze and was losing altitude. When I looked back from about 500 feet the ship had crashed in flames about 200 yards south of the river bed. I saw no parachute in the area.”

      McMillan was an extremely popular commander and his loss was deeply felt. In fact, your grandfather served through a very difficult time during which he must have lost many friends and comrades. The war must have been a painful time in his life and it is understandable why he did not talk about it much. Even when I was working on the book I came across several men who did not want to talk about it. Unfortunately, many of the men returning from World War II felt they were just another face, and their contributions mattered little in the grand scheme of things. Those who fought in China found their story eclipsed by those who fought in Europe or the Pacific. It is a shame he was not around to see his wings pinned on your chest. I’m sure he would have been proud. Congratulations on finishing UPT and welcome to the ranks of professional combat aviators.

      Dan Jackson

  3. Hello sir, I am an editor from Taiwan’s Want China Times (http://www.wantchinatimes.com/), and I had done research regarding the topic of Flying Tigers and 14th Air Force for about 15 years. My first book about the American Volunteer Group will be published by the Spring of this year. It is really the first book in Chinese to discuss the history of AVG. I had ordered and read your book about the 449th Fighter Squadron. It is very interesting to read your chapter about the air raid conducted by the 23rd FG against Formosa (Taiwan) on November, 1943. I hope to write a second book about the air war over Western China and Northern Burma in 1944. Please keep in touch with me. My grandfather from my mother’s side was also a veteran of the Chinese American Composite Wing.

  4. I received your e-mail, but unable to send reply to you! Do you have Facebook account that I can add? Also, I am very happy to help you to translate the Chinese materials you have. There are some materials in Taiwan as well from the official Nationalist point of view.

  5. By the way, I just interviewed a veteran of ROC Army who belonged to the Chinese Commando trained by OSS. He was in the Battle of Tenchong before he became a paratrooper. I am looking forward to e-mail his interview to you! But the file is too big….

  6. Hi Dan! I wrote several e-mail to you, and I haven’t received any reply yet! Did you actually get them? Thanks! I will be visiting Washington DC between May 18th and 25th!

  7. Hi Dan,

    I just replied to the post you made about my Uncle George B. McMillan. Thank you for shedding more light on how he died. I had not read such a detailed account before. Our family is very interested in getting additional information we can about his service. I am going to my first AVG Reunion on Thursday in Tampa, and look forward to meeting many other AVG family members. I am trying to share information on his short life with all my cousins. Any clues or insight you can give me would be greatly appreciated. We want to learn more!
    Janet McMillan Alford, Vero Beach, Florida

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