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Billy McDonald grew up hearing stories about flying and about his father’s experiences in China, and as an adult, he was stunned to discover front-page stories about his father’s career. After five years of research and another year working with his co-author to create the final book, author McDonald has immersed himself in the history of aviation in Alabama and in China during the 1930s and 40s, as well as the experience of Americans in China during that era.
Since completing The Shadow Tiger, McDonald has presented his father’s story to dozens of organizations including The Southern Museum of Flight, CNAC, China National Aviation Corporation, WW2 Roundtable, Atlanta chapter, Commerative Air Force, Dixie Wing, The National WWII museum for 2 nights, The Smithsonian to the AAHS, MOAA and several Rotary Clubs..In 2016, he also spent three weeks in China meeting with multiple Museums and Associations that showcase the history of American flyers with the Flying Tigers and the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). McDonald currently serves on the board of CNAC Heritage Fund and The Southern Museum of Flight.
His fathers collection of 30,000 documents, letters and photographs have been requested by the Smithsonian and were donated in August 2017. They will be digitized and put on the internet . What an honor for a son to share his fathers' legacy for all to see.
An Alabama native had a front row seat to some of the most unique moments in aviation and world history, and for the first time the adventures of William C. McDonald Jr. are captured in a new book, The Shadow Tiger. The story provides a unique first-hand account of events leading up to and during World War… [Read More]
Anindita, than you for your comment. I encourage you in your writing pursuit. Everyone has a voice and thanks to indie publishing it is possible. I wish you well in your writing. My wife and I are at the Distinguished Flying Cross convention, we finally got my fathers medals last month. We are among real heroes and it is very inspiring. Thank you…[Read more]
It has been and is a great journey. We, (my wife-chief of staff and I) have jumped in with all 4 feet without much guidance and have been fortunate even when we flounder into an event that is a bust, we meet someone that leads us to something else. Our editor/ co author lived with us for 1 year ( a total stranger, that was a story in itself) and…[Read more]