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|BOOK: A year-by-year account of the Tuskegee Airmen|
|Published Thursday, December 7, 2017|
The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology
By Dan Haulman
NewSouth Books, $24.95 HC
The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology: A Detailed Timeline of the Red Tails and Other Black Pilots of World War II provides a unique year-by-year overview of the fascinating story of the Tuskegee Airmen, embracing important events in the formation of the first military training for black pilots in United States history, the phases of their training at various air fields in Tuskegee and elsewhere, their continued training at other bases around the U.S., and their deployment overseas, first to North Africa and then to Sicily and Italy.
The book is the fifth on the subject by Airmen expert Daniel Haulman.
The Tuskegee Airmen are best known for flying P-47s and red-tailed P-51s to escort B-17 and B-24 bombers deep into enemy territory. Their exemplary performance proved conclusively that given the opportunity and resources, black men could fly and fight in combat every bit as well as their white counterparts. They lost fewer bombers than the other fighter groups, and they shot down 112 enemy aircraft.
The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology also includes abundant information on the many Tuskegee Airmen who were not fighter pilots, including B-25 bomber crews who trained in the U.S., and the thousands of Tuskegee Airmen who served as ground support. They fought two enemies – Nazis in Europe and racism at home – and through their dedication and efforts earned a hard-won double victory.
Haulman is chief of the Organizational History Division at the United States Air Force Historical Research Agency. He has authored many books and scholarly articles about the Airmen.
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