MONROE, La. (AP) - A World War II bombardier who flew 52 missions defending China has died at the age of 96.
Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home administrator Marquita Mihaliak said Maj. Richard Sherman died on Wednesday at the nursing home in Monroe.
Sherman was in the 11th Bomb Squadron of the Army's 14th Air Force, commanded by Gen. Claire Chennault. He nicknamed it the Flying Tigers after the famed volunteer fighter group that he created to defend nationalist China before the U.S. entered the war.
Chennault's granddaughter, Nell Calloway, said Sherman also was a founder of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe.
Calloway said only one volunteer Flying Tiger is still alive.
Sherman's funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at First Methodist Church in Monroe.