The African-American aerial heroes of World War II
The valiant pilots who raced past racial boundaries and helped win the war
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Few military groups in American history can hold a candle to the importance, both cultural and strategic, of the Tuskegee Airmen. Not only were they one of the most successful and impactful groups of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, they also put to rest the prejudice against African Americans fighting for their country and were instrumental in bringing an end to segregation in the military. Fighting against the oppressive and exploitative climate of Jim Crow America and a military that was structurally pitted against them, these brave black men who trained in Tuskegee, Alabama, went on to become some of the most decorated and respected pilots in US history. In doing so, they left a permanent and triumphant mark on Black and American history.
Intrigued? Read on to learn all you need to know about the Tuskegee Airmen.
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