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  1. Alice chao Chung

    March 24, 2023

    Debbie Shea,I do know Johnny Shea whom I worked with at Chine Airline Airlines from 1974.My Dad was a CAT/AMM pilot.

    I live in Honolulu for for 50 years now.

  2. Wayne Wickizer

    February 25, 2023

    I was Air Crew on WB-50s at Yokota, Japan from 1958-61. I dated CAT/Air America stewardess, Fusako Sato.
    I am seeking information about Fusako.
    Best regards,
    Wayne L. Wickizer
    385 239 8326

  3. butch wyatt

    March 2, 2020

    My uncle was with the original Flying Tigers (AVG) and we are trying to piece together a timeline of his life. The time after he left the Army Air Corp is VERY VAGUE! His name was Louis George Wyatt, and he was from Washington Court House Ohio. We were wondering if there was a list of names or if anyone knew him or of him at this time. What we do know that after the war he stayed in the Indochina area and we were wondering if he worked for CAT?

  4. Cutler, Linda Sims

    December 30, 2019

    Debbie Shea,
    I believe your family lived near Yokohama at one time because my family used to shop at the Navy base there and visit with your family. Your dad was Johnny Hsieh and mother’s name was Daisy? You have an older brother Arthur? I believe at one time my mother said Arthur and wife had twin boys living in California? We are the Sims family. My dad Eddie Sims (died Nov. 2017) and my mother (died Aug. 1990) went by Terry Sims. I think your parents lived in Hawaii as well because my Mom said she met your mom at the International Market back in the 80’s. JoAnn, Linda (me), Bobby and Ginny are the children of Eddie and Terry. I don’t know if you remember us. You can reach me at Linda Sims Cutler

  5. John Geoffrey Golden

    April 27, 2019

    My father was stationed in Tainan from 1958-1961, I would like to join this group!

    Just reaching out to members to see if there is any information on the April 19, 1961 crash (R&R flight) on Mt. Parker (Hong Kong), that took the lives of many CAT family members including my father, Harry Golden, mother Ardys Ott Golden; and big sister Ardys “Buttons” Golden.

    No official autopsies on my family were available after the accident. Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!

  6. Debbie Shea

    March 2, 2019

    My father, John Hsieh worked for CAT, stationed in Japan in the early1960s until 1972 or 1973. He never spoke of anything about the CIA. I do remember going to his office in Haneda Airport and going to meet Mrs Anna Chennault there also. I am curious about what he was actually doing then. Is there a way for me to get any kind of info?

  7. Adrian Li

    July 1, 2013

    I have a photograph of my grandfather standing in front of a CAT C-46 so I assume he was aircrew. Supposedly recruited by Chennault in Calcutta where he was a stranded freighter radio op – eventually flew for Nationalist Chinese against Japanese and briefly, Communists. Ended up getting out and setting up a business in Canton. When communists came in 1949, he got wind that his name was on an assasination list and my father as a child recalls his father destroying *everything* that tied him to his service, presentation knife, pistol, uniforms incl. flight jacket with blood chit, documentation and photographs … this one tiny photo of him in front of the CAT C-46 is all that remained. I would love to find out more about his service, both with the KMT and CAT.

    • Rosbert, Bob

      September 26, 2013

      Please give us more information on your father (full name, possible aliases and locations) that can help us find the photos.


  8. Chris Thursby

    February 3, 2013

    Hi Carol. I haven’t received a password and I would love to be able to access the entire site. Thank You,

  9. Canlas, Toby

    December 26, 2012

    Thanks Carol , Great job ! CAT website is very informative and useful.

    • Webmaster

      December 27, 2012

      My pleasure, Toby. Let me know if there are any photos or stories you would like to contribute to the site. Also, please feel free to upload photos to the CAT Galleries. All the best for 2013!

  10. Chris Thursby

    December 13, 2012

    Hello, My name is Chris Thursby. My Dad was director of flight operations training division for CAT-Air America from 1966 til 1975. I would love to join this group. Thanks Chris.

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Civil Air Transport (CAT) was an airline founded by Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault, leader of the Flying Tigers, and Whiting Willauer of China Defense Supplies at the conclusion of World War II.  Most of the pilots were former Tigers or other combat pilots from the Asian Theatre.  For the next four decades, CAT, and then its successor, Air America, were primary instruments of American foreign policy in Asia.
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