By Chris Bucholtz
The USAAC's Tuskegee test, designed to turn out that African-Americans weren't in a position to flying strive against airplane, sarcastically ended in the construction of 1 of the USAAF's elite units.Crewed by means of highly-educated and particularly encouraged males, the 99th Fighter Squadron, led by means of Col Benjamin O. Davis (later joined by way of the one centesimal, 301st, and 302nd FS to shape the 332nd Fighter Group), first flew floor assault missions in P-40s in North Africa and took part within the destruction and hand over of Pantelleria, off Sicily. Later, after the unit used to be outfitted with P-51 Mustangs, the 'Redtails' started flying escort missions deep into Germany. The unit scoreboard boasted 111 aerial kills (including numerous Me 262 jets), a hundred and fifty strafing victories, 950 automobiles and railway rolling inventory destroyed, and the sinking of a German destroyer by means of war's finish. the crowd have been either feared and revered by way of the Germans, who known as them the "Schwartze Voglemenschen" (Black Birdmen), and respected by way of others because the "Black Red-tail Angels", in part as a result of their specified red-tailed plane, and in part simply because they by no means misplaced a bomber lower than escort to enemy assault (a feat which was once unequalled via the other USAAF fighter workforce in international battle II). The pilots of the 332nd FG characteristic their good fortune to the self-discipline instilled by means of Col Davis, who's reputed to have informed them, 'If you lose a bomber, do not hassle to come back back.'This ebook will demonstrate the real tale of the unit who rose above discrimination to accomplish elite prestige.