The “Tuskegee Experience” as it was called by the Army Air Corps was a program to train African-Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The prevailing attitude before 1940 was that they lacked proper qualifications and knowledge for combat duty.Even though African-Americans have played significant roles in U.S.military history over the past 300 years.
Tuskegee Airmen were pilots were fought in WW II in the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps. In total 966 pilots were trained in Tuskegee,Alabama from 1941 to 1946,approximately 445 were deployed overseas and 150 of these brave men died in accidents or combats.
If you have an opportunity to see the movie “Red Tails” I recommend it highly!
It is estimated that these brave men were awarded with one hundred and fifty Distinguished Fkying Crosses.
14 Bronze Stars
8 Purple Hearts
744 Air Medals