Category Archives: WWII China Service

Parker S. Dupouy

Born in Providence, Parker S. Dupouy (1917–1994) was one of the 57 combat pilots serving as the Flying Tigers in China in the early days of World War II. A Central High School grad, he enrolled as an Aviation Cadet after graduating from Brown University in 1939. In May, 1941 he resigned his Army Air […]

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1LT John Harootunian

1LT John Harootunian flew 40 combat missions in a B-24 with the 374th and 373rd Bombardment Squadrons of the 14th Air Force “Flying Tigers” in China in 1944 and 1945. His unit was tasked to attack Japanese shipping in the South China Sea, using low-level bombing techniques to avoid detection and enemy fire. They usually […]

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Major Melvin Kimball, USAAF

Major Melvin Kimball is a World War II P-40 ace who was born in Providence and grew up in Greystone. He graduated from Hope High School in 1935, where he was a state champion wrestler. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1939, excelling in football and track. Kimball was one of the […]

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