|Birth: ||May 31, 1915|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1942|
Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma)
Bert Christman graduated at the top of his class in 1936 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State College of A & M (now Colorado State University) in Fort Collins. He moved to New York where he became a well-known cartoonist drawing the popular "Scorchy Smith". He joined the US Navy and became an avaiator.
Prior to the American entry into WWII, Bert was recruited from the US Navy to join the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force, nicknamed The Flying Tigers. Bert was a Flight Leader in the 2nd Squadron "Panda Bears" in January 1942 when he was machine-gunned in his parachute by a Japanese fighter pilot in the skies over Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar).
In 1943, the Colorado State College of A & M - Fort Collins Airport was renamed "Christman Field" in his honor.
Some information provided by Tripp Alyn, chair of the Historical & Museums Committee, AVG Flying Tigers Association
Created by: Gordon Hazard
Record added: Sep 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21504511
In remembrance of your honored service|
Added: Feb. 22, 2014
RIP The father of Sandman a great character of the comics|
Added: Nov. 9, 2013
Ensign A. B. Christman, USNR, designated Naval Aviator #6105 in 1939. Joined AVG in 1941.|
Added: Nov. 11, 2012
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