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Claire Lee Chennault
Nickname"Old Leatherface"
BornSeptember 6, 1893(1893-09-06)
Commerce, Texas, U.S.
DiedJuly 27, 1958(1958-07-27) (aged 64)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Buried atArlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchProp and wings.svg United States Army Air Service (1918-1926)
USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg United States Army Air Corps (1926–1937)
Flag of the Republic of China Air Force.svg Republic of China Air Force (1937–1942)
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces (1942–1945)
Years of service1917–1945
RankUS-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant general
Commands held

Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1893 – July 27, 1958)[1] was an American military aviator. He was best known for his leadership of the "Flying Tigers" and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II.

Chennault was twice married and had a total of ten children. From 1947 until his death in 1958, he married Chinese reporter Anna Chennault.

Chennault was promoted to lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force on July 18, 1958, nine days before his death on July 27, at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.[2] He died of lung cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 27, 1958 at the age of 64.


  1. Birthdate: Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2010 and give 1890 as birthyear
  2. Byrd 1987, p. 367.

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