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Companion William F. Forbes on CPT Francis C. Forbes’s Adventures in China in WW II with the Flying Tigers

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Cocktails: 11:30 a.m.
Program:  12:00 noon
Lunch to follow

Philadelphia Club
1301 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cost: $ 60 in advance
          $ 65 at the door with reservation
          $ 70 walk-ins (if there is room)

COAT & TIE REQUIRED (mufti or uniform); comparable business attire for ladies

Companion William Frederick Forbes, a member of the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry since 1997, will tell us about his great uncle, CPT Francis Coxe Forbes, who flew in China with the famed Flying Tigers, under MG Claire Chenault. CPT Forbes was Commander of the Pennsylvania Commandery, and his father, Will’s great grandfather, was both Pennsylvania Commander and Commander-General of the MOFW.


CPT Forbes joined the Army Air Corps/Army Air Force in 1942 and after pilot training was assigned to the 14th Air Force, the Flying Tigers. Our speaker will tell us the gripping story of how his great uncle was shot down in October of 1943 in Southwest China, while on a bombing run and bailed out over Japanese-held territory. He evaded Japanese forces despite being injured and escaped into Chinese-held territory. He will explain how beagling at Radnor Hunt helped save his life.

A 1992 graduate of St. George’s School, Will earned a B.S. in Biology from Lafayette College in 1996, where he was a member of DKE, and an M.S. in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam in 1999. He has been the Technology Services Coördinator at The Episcopal Academy since 2011. Will is an active member of many patriotic and lineage societies, including the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he has been Governor since 2022, the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati, and the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution, where he has been Vice-President since 2022 and a member and Flag Chairman of the Color Guard.


We encourage you to invite spouses, adult children, and friends, especially those that may be eligible to be Hereditary or Veteran Companions, to hear Will’s exciting story of his Uncle Frank’s service with the Flying Tigers and his narrow escape.


Please fill out and mail the attached reservation form with your cheque, payable to:

“The PA Commandery – MOFW” to MAJ James Mallinson, PO Box 627, Paoli, PA 19301. Please try to mail it by Friday, June 7. The cost for the event is $60 per person if we receive your cheque in advance. If you reserve in advance but do not send a cheque, you may pay $65 at the door, preferably by cheque. Walk-ins, if there is room, will be charged $70. If you do not send your reservation in time but wish to attend, call or text Jim at 610-457-0003, or email him at MOFWPA@gmail.com . We regret having to bill no-shows if they do not cancel their reservation by Monday, June 12

Please fill out and mail the attached reservation form with your cheque, payable to:
“The PA Commandery – MOFW” to MAJ James Mallinson, PO Box 627, Paoli, PA 19301. Please try to mail it by Friday, June 7. The cost for the event is $60 per person if we receive your cheque in advance. If you reserve in advance but do not send a cheque, you may pay $65 at the door, preferably by cheque. Walk-ins, if there is room, will be charged $70. If you do not send your reservation in time but wish to attend, call or text Jim at 610-457-0003, or email him at  MOFWPA@gmail.com . We regret having to bill no-shows if they do not cancel their reservation by Monday, June 10.

FUTURE EVENTS (Please mark your calendars!)

July 18, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.:  Annual Joint Dinner with the Radnor Hunt Veterans at Radnor Hunt. $55/person. Cash bar. Members of Radnor Hunt and its reciprocal clubs are to charge directly to their accounts. As you know, Radnor Hunt is air-conditioned, and the porch is normally cool and breezy. In the event of oppressive heat, the Commander may relax the Coat & Tie dress code on site.

Saturday, August 17, at 10:00 a.m.: The Pennsylvania Veterans' Museum in Media, PA.: There will be a private guided tour and a brief talk by a veteran on his or her experiences in the military. Lunch, with separate cheques, at a nearby restaurant will follow around 12:15 p.m. There will be no charge for the museum tour, but participants are urged to make a donation.

We shall keep you informed via e-mail and our up-to-date website: mofw-pa.org .

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Cost: $60 per person in advance ($65 at door with reservation; $70 without)
All-inclusive except for bar beverages

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