Prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a small and daring band of American mercenaries soared into battle against Japan in defense of China's freedom. The 'Flying Tigers' were heroic adventurers and America's hottest ace pilots. Possessing unmatched skill and bravery, Capt. Jim Gordon (John Wayne), was the Tigers' leader and top gun. Gordon faces a battle on and off the ground when his good friend and ace pilot, Woody Jason (John Carroll) is suspected of recklessly and selfishly endangering the lives of his fellow pilots. Directed by the great and underrated David Miller with a rousing score by Victor Young. Nominated for three Academy Awards in 1942.