College of Humanities

My Days in China with the Flying Tigers

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall 451)

About the Speaker: James Segel was a 22-years old pilot when he was assigned to the AMMISCA project (the American Military Mission to China) in 1942. James made many trips with his “Ferdinand” C-47 flying over Himalayan Mountains to provide crucial supplies for Chinese and American armies fighting against the Japanese, including the famous Flying Tigers led by General Chennault. In particular, James and his crew stayed with the Flying Tigers from June to August in 1942, assisting them with various tasks as the only transport aircraft on the team. Mr. Segel’s book “Flying the Lump to China –The Early Days” was published in 2017, in which he provides a vivid and thoughtful account of those exciting events happening from 1942-3.

In this lecture James Segel will give a live presentation of his experiences in China, and will offer thoughtful reflections on the war. A 30-minute discussion is scheduled after the lecture. 

This lecture is sponsored by CSUN China Institute and the College of Humanities. It is free and open to the public. Campus map is available at this link,, and public parking is available on campus (permit required: more information available at  Please contact Dr. Weimin Sun at (818-677-6461) if you have any questions.