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Black History Month - "Tuskegee Airmen"

  Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. John Mosley

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Read his history HERE

  Congressional Gold Medal.

The Tuskegee Airmen

Were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states still were subject to racist Jim Crow laws.The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. The Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only operational unit, first sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, then in action in Sicily and Italy, before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe where they were particularly successful in their missions.

 

In all, 996 pilots were trained in Tuskegee from 1941 to 1946, approximately 445 were deployed overseas, and 150 Airmen lost their lives in accidents or combat.

 

Accomplishments

 

The Tuskegee Airmen were credited by higher commands with the following accomplishments:

 

  • 15,533 combat sorties, 1,578 missions.
  • One hundred and twelve German aircraft destroyed in the air, another 150 on the ground.
  • Nine hundred and fifty railcars, trucks and other motor vehicles destroyed.
  • One destroyer sunk by P-47 machine gun fire.
  • A nearly perfect record of not losing U.S. bombers.
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Awards and decorations awarded for valor and performance included:

 

  • Three Distinguished Unit Citations 
  • At least one Silver Star
  • An estimated one hundred and fifty Distinguished Flying Crosses
  • Fourteen Bronze Stars
  • Seven hundred and forty-four Air Medals 
  • Eight Purple Hearts
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On 29 March 2007, approximately 300 Tuskegee Airmen (or their widows) received the Congressional Gold Medal.

 

In the 2010 Rose Parade, the city of West Covina, California paid tribute to the "service and commitment of the Tuskegee Airmen" with a float, entitled "Tuskegee Airmen—A Cut Above", which featured a large bald eagle, two replica World War II "Redtail" fighter planes and historical images of some of the airmen who served. The float won the mayor's trophy as the most outstanding city entry—national or international.

 
  Official Tuskegee Airmen Website  

 

 

              

              

                                            

         

 

         

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