The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History: 1939-1949
9½ x 10
100 black-and-white photos
Many documentaries, articles, museum exhibits, books, and movies have now treated what became known as the “Tuskegee Experiment” involving the black pilots who gained fame during World War II as the Tuskegee Airmen. Most of these works have focused on the training of America’s first black fighter pilots and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This publication goes further, using captioned photographs to trace the airmen through the stages of training, deployment, and combat actions in North Africa, Italy, and Germany, in an attractive coffee-table-book format. Included for the first time are depictions of the critical support roles of doctors, nurses, mechanics, navigators, weathermen, parachute riggers, and other personnel, all of whom contributed to the airmen’s success, and many of whom went on to help complete the establishment of the 477th Composite Group. The authors have told, in pictures and words, the full story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the environments in which they lived, worked, played, fought, and sometimes died.
"This work...fills a significant void in the existing literature on these men by offering several hundred captioned photographs depicting African-American pilots before 1941 through the postwar status of the Tuskegee Airmen to about 2010....It is indeed a valuable addition to the literature. " —Dr. Robert B. Kane, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Air and Space Power Journal
"When I was flying combat missions with the Tuskegee Airmen over Germany and enemy-held territory more than sixty-five years ago, I never imagined that we were making history. Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels, and Daniel Haulman have done an exceedingly thorough analysis of the chronological history of the experiences and exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, which includes not only the fighter and bomber pilots, but also the ground support officers and enlisted personnel—totaling many thousands. By examining in detail the orders, mission reports, citations, and official pronouncements related to the Tuskegee Airmen, the authors have presented a real-life history of their remarkable episode in military and social history. In reviewing the chronology, I found myself reminiscing about the missions and the challenges we faced in overcoming the obstacles that we encountered. I commend this book to all who want to explore and understand the accomplishments of this pioneering group of black airmen who did make history." —Roscoe Brown, Jr., Captain, USAAF, 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group