Do you love airplanes and history?

Announcing our new “Wings & Rivets” project – 80+ years in the making! Be part of our mission to remember and honor the men of the 69th DRS by helping with the restoration of WWII aircraft they maintained to “keep ’em flying.”

We are now aligned and affiliated with the Chennault Foundation. Their Aviation Museum and Park are located in Monroe, Louisiana. Click HERE or the above image for more information and to support this project.

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2024 Scholarship Applications are now being accepted!

The Flying Tigers 69th D.R.S. Association is offering competitive academic scholarship awards for distribution during the 2024 school year. These awards are funded by the following commemorative scholarship programs:

►  Marty Oxenburg Scholarship Fund
►  Doris van Tanner Tursky Memorial Scholarship Endowment

In order to be eligible to compete for the scholarship award, the applicant must:

• Be a family member (e.g., child, grandchild, niece/nephew, great-niece/-nephew etc.) of a current U.S. Armed Forces member or veteran.
• Be accepted or enrolled in a university, college, technical program, or other relevant higher education program.
• Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in the academic program (or based upon secondary school records for entering freshmen).
• Submit an official application form, with all supporting documentation and essays.


Ever Wonder What’s on our Memorial Table?

Charlene Fontaine describes the items on the Memorial Table and what they represent.

Martin “Marty” Oxenburg, 1922 – 2024

Last man standing and founder of the 69th Buddies Group has passed on. Marty had a life that was full, rich, and blessed. Marty lived 101 years on this earth. He filled those moments with family, friends, giving and sharing all the bounty from his heart.

He served our country in WWII, the CBI Theater. After which he came home to be with his wife, Shirley and their daughter Judy who arrived while he was driving the Burma Road. Later their son Barry arrived. Marty’s career was in the personnel industry where he established a thriving recruiting business. He was extremely well respected by his clients and those he placed. However, there was a deep desire in his heart to connect the men he served with in China. So, he, along with Shirley set out to find all his ‘Buddies’ and bring them together. Their adventure started with a typewriter, white pages phone directories from the library, and lots of hours filled with letters and phone calls to each of the 349 men in the 69th DRS.

These are the shoulders on which we stand. To remember and honor Marty we are compiling “remembrances” and pictures for a commemorative newsletter. If you would like to share your thoughts and or photos, kindly send them to: with ‘Marty’ in the subject line. The contributions will need to be received by April  15th.

Charlene Fontaine, founder and Executive Director of the Flying Tigers 69th DRS Association, discusses the legacy of the men who kept the Flying Tigers in the air during World War II. In the news, GPS jamming and spoofing aircraft positioning systems, 737 MAX 9 lawsuits, Boeing quality actions, sustainable aviation fuel options, FAA and airline pilot retirement age, AV-8B Harrier phase-out, and a positive airline story. CLICK HERE OR THE BANNER ABOVE TO LISTEN.

Join us in honoring the 250,000 men and women who served our country in CBI during WWII.

Watch the trailer for this documentary, currently in production. We’d love to hear your comments. After watching the trailer, please CLICK HERE to leave your comments on our Blog page.

Your support and donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. DONATE HERE.



“This documentary is excellent! It’s time we remember what has been forgotten.”

Nell Chennault Calloway

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