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Tuskegee Airmen of World War II During WWII there were many men that were forgotten The Tuskegee Airmen made a major contribution Where did they come from Jakemans book The Divided Skies recollects where the Tuskegee Airmen came from It is he who goes in depth about the Tuskegee Institute and its formation which ultimately gives birth to the Tuskegee Airmen After their superb flight training there were a select few that made a major impact in the war through their excellent piloting skills These men are known today as the Tuskegee Airmen March 1942 - Tuskegee Army Air Field Alabama 5 men received the silver wings of Army Air Forces polots George S Roberts Benjamin O Davis Jr Charles H BeBow Jr Mac Ross and Lemuel R Curtis these men completed standard Army flight classroom instruction these men completed many hours of flying time marked milestone in US military Aviation first African-Americans to qualify as military pilots in any branch of the armed forces Before these five men entered the program blacks were continuously excluded from aviation training programs in the military By the end of WWII almost 1000 African-Americans had won their wings at Tuskegee Army AirField Not until 1948 did the first Black American received the gold wings of a Navy pilot As you can see racial exclusion in the Navy continued on many years after the first black men graduated from Tuskegee Approximately half of the black men that graduated from Tuskegee fought in the European and Mediterranean wars as combat mission fighter pilots The Tuskegee Airmen have a respectable record in combat they flew more than 15000 sorties destroyed over 1000 German aircraft received hundreds of Air Medals more then 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses Why Tuskegee 1939 - The establishment of an aviation course at Tuskegee The aviation course was a direct
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