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ῳ Free online novels Ώ Kindle Ebook Author Sherri L Smith ‛ ῳ Free online novels Ώ Kindle Ebook Author Sherri L Smith ‛ Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen January 20, 1945 The plane was not going to make it back to the airfield in Italy US Airman Larry Fleischer shivered inside the B 24 bomber as it limped through the skies World War II had been raging for than five years In late 1941, the United States had joined with England, Canada, and other countries to defeat Nazi Germany and its allies B 24s played a major role in winning the war Fleischers plane, however, had been hit while dropping bombs on a Nazi air base in Austria Two of the engines were out The bombing doors in the belly of the plane had jammed open The wind was roaring in at sixty degrees below zero Fleischer had already lost a boot trying to unstick the doors Now, he was afraid he might lose his foot to frostbite The plane needed to land soon But where Down below, the Italian coast was fast approaching Fleischer and the rest of the crew scouted for a safe landing area It was the copilot who found their best hope He spotted an airfield, but it was one that didnt show up on any of their charts We really were expecting it to be a German field because why wouldnt it be on one of our maps Fleischer recalled If that were true, the pilot and crew would be taken as prisoners But there was no other choice The pilot carefully brought the plane in for a landing and saw that this was no German base The runway was lined with American planes Splashes of crimson paint marked these P 51 Mustangs as Red Tails These fighter planes were famous for protecting American bombers in enemy skies The Red Tails had saved Fleischer and his crew on than one bombing mission As another crewman put it, They were our lifesavers Fleischer and his crew were so relieved They went out to greet the approaching soldiers, eager to finally meet the Red Tails face to face instead of in the air What they saw was the surprise of their lives These are all black guys Fleischer remembered thinking It was a complete shock Why was it so surprising to see black pilots in 1945 Fleischer was a white guy from New York His entire crew of ten men was white The only black people Fleischer had ever seen in the army were cooks and waiters Until now The Red Tails werent just any combat pilots They were the famous Tuskegee say tus KEE gee Airmen They were the first airplane pilots of color ever in the US military Military means the armed forces of a nation But to Fleischer and his all white crew, their existence was secret than the atom bomb Chapter 1 Two Americas By the end of 1939, World War II had broken out in Europe The United States was not involved in the fighting yet But the military wanted to be prepared, just in case So the army had started the Civilian Pilot Training Program CPTP at many colleges and universities Civilians are people who are not in the armed forces The CPTP was created to teach young Americans how to fly planes If the country joined the war overseas, there would be pilots ready for battle But not everyone could join the CPTP It was for white people only A 1925 military report said that black men were not as smart or as brave as white men The belief was that black people couldnt learn how to fly airplanes But that was completely wrong Black people had been flying since 1917 An African American pilot named Eugene Bullard joined the French air force and fought against Germany in World War I He won several medals for his bravery In 1920, a southern woman named Bessie Coleman went to France to learn how to fly She became the first African American female pilot in 1921 Coleman returned to the United States, where she gave lectures and flew in air shows across the country She wanted to raise enough money to start a flying school for African Americans Unfortunately, in 1926 she was killed in a tragic airplane accident before that dream was achieved Three years later, the Bessie Coleman Aero Club was founded in Los Angeles in her honor In May 1939, two black men named Chauncey Spencer and Dale White flew an old airplane from Chicago to Washington, DC They wanted to encourage other black people to become pilots In Washington, they met with a senator named Harry S Truman Truman would become president of the United States in 1945 Truman saw the rickety old airplane the men had flown He said, If you guys had the guts to fly that thing from Chicago, Ive got the guts enough to do all I can to help you Harry S Truman was true to his word Later that year, Congress approved six Civilian Pilot Training Programs for black people The most famous of these programs was at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.It s up, up, and away with the Tuskegee Airmen, a heroic group of African American military pilots who helped the United States win World War II.During World War II, black Americans were fighting for their country and for freedom in Europe, yet they had to endure a totally segregated military in the United States, where they weren t considered smart enough to become military pilots After acquiring government funding for aviation training, civil rights activists were able to kickstart the first African American military flight program in the US at Tuskegee University in Alabama While this book details thrilling flight missions and the grueling training sessions the Tuskegee Airmen underwent, it also shines a light on the lives of these brave men who helped pave the way for the integration of the US armed forces. 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    • Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?
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    • Format Kindle
    • 112 pages
    • 0399541942
    • Sherri L Smith
    • Anglais
    • 14 September 2017

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