During World War II, a lot of young men sacrificed a lot to fight the Axis powers. They performed heroic feats of bravery and faced seemingly insurmountable challenges in the process. One such group of men were the Tuskegee Airmen. They were a part of the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group. They were also the first African American aviators in the US military.
The Tuskegee Pilots were African American pilots who got their name from the university where they were educated, Tuskegee University. The squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen (922 in all) was active from 1940 to 1948. During their service, they earned the nickname Red Tails or Red-Tailed Angels on account of their aircraft having their tail painted red.
This is a video posted by the channel Memoirs of WWII which shares the first-hand accounts of veterans of World War II. In this video, Harold Brown, a former Tuskegee Airman, talks about his experience flying in that squadron. He talks about getting shot down and getting captured by the Germans.
Through their actions during the war, the Tuskegee Airmen earned respect and admiration of the US military. They did that while flying aircraft like the P-40, P-39, P-47 and P-51. Most of the missions flown by them were bomber escort missions.
During WWII, the pilots of these squadrons collected an impressive resume of achievements. They flew over 1500 missions and had a reputation for losing far fewer bombers that other squadrons. Their skill helped destroy 262 aircraft, on the ground and in the air. They are even credited with shooting down three Me 262s, the jet fighter built by Germany.
Tuskegee Airmen are a glowing example of perseverance and fortitude and left behind a legacy to be proud of. You can read about it in the book written by Dr Harold Brown call Keep Your Airspeed Up.