"The American volunteer group were recruited via the newspaper in a way that was underhanded. They would recruit for plumbers, electricians, carpenters, accountants, and farmers, to go to China to help China bring their economy about. When in reality, they were military officers in our military. They were Navy, Army, or Marine Corps pilots. There were 87 of them. They had 1 year contracts. This was by Presidential proclamation, but it was kept very quiet." (Interview with Mrs. Fontaine)
"AVG disbanded then each of the pilots were offered a position in the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers. Some of them like Pappy Boyington in the Black Sheep Squadron, he left the AVG and went back to the Marine Corps, got his commission back, went to the South Pacific to fly P-40s with his own group Black Sheep Squadron."
(Interview with Mrs. Fontaine)