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Tuskegee Airmen - Colorado Springs, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 00.579 W 104° 53.479
13S E 509409 N 4317853
Quick Description: Memorial to the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 3:29:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMC0B0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
"The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II. Formally, they were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states still were subject to racist Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.

Although the 477th Bombardment Group "worked up" on North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, they never served in combat; the Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only operational unit, first sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, then in action in Sicily and Italy, before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe where they were particularly successful in their missions.

The Tuskegee Airmen initially were equipped with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks fighter-bomber aircraft, briefly with Bell P-39 Airacobras (March 1944), later with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts (June–July 1944), and finally the fighter group acquired the aircraft with which they became most commonly associated, the North American P-51 Mustang (July 1944). When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47's red, the nickname "Red Tails" was coined. Bomber crews applied a more effusive "Red-Tail Angels" sobriquet." (from (visit link) )

Additional information may be found at (visit link) . This monument sits in Cadet Plaza at the US Air Force Academy which is easily visited by the public.

Interestingly, African Americans who could attend the Air Force Academy until the late 1950s; Charles V. Bush was the first African American to graduate in 1963. Women could not attend until 1975.

A thorough exploration of the "Integration of the Armed Forces 1940-1965" may be found at (visit link) .
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Type of memorial: Monument

Website pertaining to the memorial: Not listed

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