Portrait of Tuskegee airman Edward M. Thomas, standing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hello everyone, and welcome to another educational piece, as presented by me, Maddy Haroldson. And today, we are going to be learning about the Tuskegee Airmen.
Who are the Tuskegee Airmen, you are asking?
Well, I’m glad you asked, because this story is going to be a great big doozy.
During the days of World War II, preferably in the year 1941 (when the United States declared war on Japan, Germany, and Italy), there was an immense pressure to include African Americans in the military. As in all matters of life, no African-American was allowed to be a pilot.
Until the war, that was.
When a large group of African Americans apply to be in the military, they were trained in Tuskegee, Alabama. Their job was mainly to protect members of the US Air Force, who were fighting the Germans in Europe. The Tuskegee Airmen were known as the Red Tails, for they painted the tails of their planes red and they were very brave and refused to back down in the face of adversity.
In the year 1943, the 99th Fighter Squadron were shipped off to North Africa, where they defeated the Germans and Italians. The 332nd Fighter Group followed suit, attacking the city of Sicily, Italy.
During the war, some of the Airmen lost their lives in combat. Many others were given medals of distinction for their service during the war. History claims the Tuskegee Airmen as some of the best pilots that World War II has ever produced.
I’m Maddy Haroldson, and this was a moment in African-American history as presented by the Stale Grapes Network. I will see you tomorrow for another history lesson.