In 1941, Tuskegee, Alabama, became the site of an important new development in military training. For the first time, black Americans were to be allowed to serve their country as members of the United States Army Air Corps. During its five-year history, Tuskegee Army Air Field was home to almost 1,000 African-American pilots. More than 10,000 black men and women served as their vital support personnel. Together, they filled the ranks of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the 332nd Fighter Group, and the 477th Bombardment Group. Their remarkable achievements at home and overseas destroyed stereotypes and helped accelerate the eventual integration of the United States military. Amid the forced isolation of strict segregated circumstances, these African-Americans trained and served together, developing unbreakable bonds. With photos provided by the airmen and their families, the authors present an enduring homage to the groundbreaking achievements of these women and men who were determined to serve their country.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.