Black Knights : the story of the Tuskegee airmen / by Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly ; foreword by Louis R. Purnell.Material type: TextPublication details: Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub. Co., 2001.Description: 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN:
- UG834.A37 H64 2001
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-324) and index.
Foreword -- Preface -- [ch.] 1. Black men can't fly -- [ch.] 2. The opening of the door -- [ch.] 3. Tuskegee -- [ch.] 4. Send us your best men -- [ch.] 5. Segregation goes on ... separate but not equal -- [ch.] 6. To war, to war ... finally -- [ch.] 7. On to Italy -- [ch.] 8. In the skies over Europe -- [ch.] 9. Red tails -- [ch.] 10. The war rages on -- [ch.] 11. The 332nd scores big -- [ch.] 12. The end in sight -- [ch.] 13. The birth of the 477th -- [ch.] 14. The Freeman Field mutiny -- [ch.] 15. The Commander : Benjamin O. Davis Jr. -- [ch.] 16. The war is over -- [ch.] 17. The unsung warriors -- [ch.] 18. The Tuskegee experience -- [ch.] 19. Black birds -- appendix. Roster of pilot training graduates at Tuskegee Army Air Field -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Product Description: What became known as the Tuskegee Experience began in 1931 with a letter from the head of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People to the War Department asking that blacks be allowed to join the military. The efforts of early African American aviators, the struggle of organizations and individuals against the military's segregation policies, and the hard work of thousands of young men and women, military and civilian, black and white, all combined to make the Tuskegee Airmen an important but often overlooked part of America's military history. Through fascinating interviews with veterans and historical photographs, this is the story of the men and women who served in the training program at Tuskegee Army Air Field from 1941 to 1946. The pilot's stories are here, but so are the experiences of the mechanics, band members, staff officers, nurses, and more that proved that they had courage and perseverance, not only in war, but in peacetime as well.