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Red Tails Black Wings: The Men of America's Black Air Force

Holway, John;Holway, John B.

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ISBN 10: 1881325210 / ISBN 13: 9781881325215
Edité par Yucca Tree Pr, Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.A., 1997
Etat : Near Fine Couverture rigide
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345pp/illus/map. Story of the black pilots of the 332nd in WWII. Clean. N° de réf. du libraire 010646

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Titre : Red Tails Black Wings: The Men of America's ...

Éditeur : Yucca Tree Pr, Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 1997

Reliure : Cloth

Etat du livre :Near Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine

Edition : 1st Printing

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They simultaneously fought two wars--and won both. In 1942, as the United States entered World War II, Hitler ruled the skies in Europe and Jim Crow ruled the skies in the United States.

The cream of black youth poured into Tuskegee, Alabama in the early 1940s when the Army Air Force reluctantly opened pilot training to blacks. They became the "Tuskegee Experiment;" an experiment that was supposed to fail.

It didn't. Because of their desire to fly and the determination of a few white officers who believed in them, they disproved the myths about blacks' ability to fly. Overcoming the obstacles raised by white officers vehemently opposed to the experiment, they succeeded.

The first squadron, the 99th, under the leadership of LTC B.O. Davis, Jr. arrived in North Africa after months of languishing in the United States awaiting assignment. In spite of the menial tasks they were given, they proved themselves in combat.

As more pilots arrived, they formed their own group, the 332nd, and became a part of the newly created 15th AAF. Fate now favored them. With the decision to begin daylight bombing over Central Europe, the men of the 332nd--the 'Red Tails'--were assigned escort duty for the B-17s and B-24s undertaking those bomb runs. Shepherding their 'babies' on those long, perilous journeys from Italy to Central Europe and back, they earned the reputation of never losing to enemy aircraft a bomber they escorted.

Thus began the 'Red Tail' legend.


Baseball aficionados know John B. Holway as author of books about the Negro Leagues that rescued from obscurity many of the great black players who could not play in the segregated ranks of major league baseball. Here, Holway sets his sights on another group of heroes: the men of the "Tuskegee experiment"--the effort to train black pilots during World War II. Many white officers believed the experiment would be a failure because blacks did not have the skills necessary to become pilots. But the Tuskegee Airmen proved them wrong, and black pilots--in particular those of the 332nd Squadron (the Red Tails of the title)--established stellar records in combat. Holway quotes copiously from his interviews with black airmen, and the result is a stunning record of the heroism of black men in all but impossible circumstances.

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