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The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces during World War II. 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. Primarily made up of African Americans, there were also five Tuskegee Airmen that were of Haitian descent.
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 virtually all their missions.
When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-51's red, the nickname "Red Tails" was coined.
February 12th, 2012
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