Tuskegee Airmen was “the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps that fought in World War II.” The African American men flew the plans during World War II was, Capt. Hannibal Lee, CT. Walter Peoples, Lt. Leroy Cappy, 2ndLt. Glen, Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Maj. Sherman Joy, Col. Rogers, Sen. Conyers, Lt. Billy Roberts, and CT. Lewis Johns. These men trained for hours to become the best pilots in the world. They were first thought to be incompetent and was said that” negroes were incapable of handling complex machinery.” When the black pilots help save the whites pilots they thanked them for their help.
The Tuskegee Airmen “is a popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II, they formed the 332ndFighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Force.” During this time African Americans was still subject to a law known as the Jim Crow laws, and that made the military racially segregated. They were discriminated against, at that time it did not matter if you were in the military or not. Blacks were frowned upon just because we had a different skin color. They were named the Tuskegee Airmen because they trained at a field close to Tuskegee, Alabama.
Before World War II, there had never in history been any blacks pilots in the military they all were turned down because they were black men. This went on for several decades before they were ever thought of as being pilots.
Then a few civil rights leaders such as Walter White, a member of the NAACP (National Advancement of Colored People), union leader, Philip Randolph, and Judge William H. Hastie stepped in and got a bill passed to get funding to help send black pilots to school for training.
The article goes on to state that, after training the Tuskegee Airmen were ready for combat, and they were sent to North Africa to attack the “small strategic volcanic island of Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Seas to clear the sea lanes for the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943.” By the end of February 1944, more African Americans had graduated and were ready for combat and were sent overseas. They had gotten so good “The Allied” started giving them nickname such as, “Red Tails or “Red Tail Angels.
The Tuskegee Airmen were rewarded a Congressional Gold Medal. After accomplishing and achieving many medal and rewards for during such a tremendous job, they had many facilities and other things named after them. Not only did they receive medals and had things named after them the “Tuskegee Airmen Memorial was erected at Walterboro Army Airfield in South Carolina, in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen.
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