Ashes of American Flying Tigers pilot to rest in central China

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Some of the ashes of Glen Beneda (1924–2010), an American Flying Tigers pilot, were laid to rest Wednesday in Central China, where he was saved during World War II.


Some of the ashes of Glen Beneda (1924–2010), an American Flying Tigers pilot, were laid to rest Wednesday in Central China, where he was saved during World War II.

The ashes were sent by his wife and sons to the former residence of Li Xiannian (1909–92), a late president of China, in Hong'an county, Hubei Province. During World War II, Beneda, then 18, was one of the Flying Tigers fighting the Japanese invaders in China.

His fighter plane was shot down by the Japanese, but he was rescued by Chinese farmers and sent for medical treatment in a Chinese army division under the command of Li Xiannian.

This experience left Beneda with an unforgettable attachment to the Chinese people. In 2005 and 2010, he visited the village where he was saved and the former home of Li Xiannian to express his gratitude.

During his 2010 trip, 86-year-old Beneda brought 10 relatives with him although he was weak after two heart operations. He died of a heart attack after returning to the United States. Beneda regarded his time in China as precious and wanted some of his ashes buried there, said his son Henry Beneda.
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