Tiger, tiger, burning bright…Flying Tiger

Story & photos by Dr.Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

Who tells you about a dear family friend who used to be a “Flying Tiger” in

World War 2…

MARVELLOUSLY fit Captain (retired) Winky Ho is now 93 years and over 7 months old. He is still hale and hearty, and was a B25 Bomber Pilot in World War 2 flying combat missions in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theatre of Operations. I asked him once why he joined the Flying Tigers to fight the Japanese Imperial Army who had occupied China. Winky replied, “It was for food. There was no food as a refugee in China after I escaped from Hong Kong Island when the Japanese invaded. As Flying Tiger, there was lots of foo so I never went hungry!” A most pragmatic reason…He survived many combat missions bombing and strafing Japanese assets without even a flesh wound! He became a commercial pilot after WW2 and eventually became the Chief Pilot of Singapore Airlines responsible for training many junior pilots to fly the Boeing 747 Jumbo jet, among other duties.

Please have a look at his website/blog that I helped set up for him to write his memoirs of WW2.

Very often, Truth is much stranger than fiction…



About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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