Tuskegee Airmen

By Steven Overall

Tuskeegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black servicemen to serve in U.S. millitary.There was movie about the Tuskegee Airmen called the Redtails.

There was 15,000 ground personnel who serverd with the all-black units.There were also alot more african american men fighting in World War 2.

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Who were the Tuskegee

Who Are the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II? The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability.
Red Tails
Click on the black arrow to view a ten minute video about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Facts about Tuskegee Airmen

  • The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who volunteered to become America's first Black military airmen
  • On March 24, 1944, a fleet of P-51 Mustangs led by Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, commander of the Tuskegee airmen, set out on the longest escort mission their crews would fly during World War II.
  • The 477th Bombardment Group was formed in 1944 to extend the so-called “Tuskegee experiment” by allowing black aviators to serve on bomber crews. The aim was to send pilots—many of them veterans of the original Tuskegee fighter group—back to the States for training on B-25 bombers.
  • In April 1941, months before the United States entered World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt visited Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, where the Tuskegee airmen had begun training. Charles “Chief” Anderson, Tuskegee’s chief flight instructor at the time, offered to take the first lady around the field.

Are They Still Alive?

These are the four Tuskegee Airmen that are alive from World War 2.

  • Carl L. McNeal
  • Charles Adams
  • Paul Adams
  • Rutherford H. Adkins
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    The Tuskegee Airmen started fighting and flying in the war in 1941 and ended in 1946.


    United States Strategic Bombing Survey in December 1945, Kaleria Palchikoff Drago, a Russian immigrant living in Japan, gives an eyewitness account of August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.


    They were first to drop an atomic bomb in world war 2.





    There was a story about the Tuskeegee Airmen

    Like so many others in the late 1930s, the young black Americans who would become known as the Tuskegee Airmen were full of patriotic zeal and eager to serve in the military as the war in Europe and Asia intensified. What set them apart was that they wanted to fight the enemy from the air as pilots, something that black people had never been allowed to do before. Many applied to U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) flight training program, but all were initially rejected because of the color of their skin – all branches of the U.S. military were deeply segregated.In 1940, under pressure from black activists, the press, other political groups and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the USAAC reversed its position on accepting black flight program applicants.

    Black men were starting to fight in World War 2

    Like so many others in the late 1930s, the young black Americans who would become known as the Tuskegee Airmen were full of patriotic zeal and eager to serve in the military as the war in Europe and Asia intensified.

    United States Strategic Bombing Survey in December 1945, Kaleria Palchikoff Drago, a Russian immigrant living in Japan, gives an eyewitness account of August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.


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    Here's the Tuskegee Airmen Fight Song click on the black arrow

    Tuskegee Airmen Fight Song