Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Fighting "Red Tails"
The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of Afro American pilots who fought in WW2. Formally, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 447th bombardment Group of the United States Army Corps (USAAF after 20 June 1941).
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 were still subject to the Jim Crow laws The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. All black military pilots who trained in the United States trained at Tuskegee
, including five Haitians.
Although the 477th Bombardment Group "worked up" on North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, they never served in combat; the Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only operational unit, first sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, then seeing action in Sicily and Italy, before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe, where they were very successful.
When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47s and later, P-51s, red, the nickname "Red Tails" was coined. Bomber crews applied a more effusive "Red-Tail Angels" sobriquet.

PROFILE: Mustang P 51C - 10NT - Lt. Lee Archer - 302nd FS/332nd FG

Red Tails Movie Trailer 2011 George Lucas 

Amazing sequences of the film.

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