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     The Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Squadron,  332nd Fighter Group, was the first African-American Airman’s Group in the United States Armed Forces.  It was deployed to Italy in early 1944, and in June 1944, the 332nd began flying bomber escort missions.BNWOT Wrap burgundy silk long line dressCarolyn de la Drapiere {Classic Lapel Dress} UK18 Red, White BNWT ✄ RRP Circle of Gentlemen 16”Collar 46 1 2”Chest Flower Print Woven Shirt RRPDuring World War II, the military was still racially segregated, as was much of the federal government.  Consequently, not only did the Tuskegee Airmen endure the risk of being killed, or shot out of the sky, captured and imprisoned in Nazi death-camps, they were constantly subjected to racial discrimination from both within and outside the U.S. military. 

     From 1941 – 1946, 335  Tuskegee Airmen were  deployed overseas, 84 lost their lives. The toll included 68 pilots killed in action or accidents, 12 killed in training and non-combat missions and 32 captured as prisoners of war.  The Tuskegee Airmen flew 1,578 combat missions;Diesel Womens Authentic Shinny D-Ariel Abito Dress Multi Size LSee by Chloe Sleeveless Beige A-line Shift Dress Metal Logo Size Vintage Guess Jeans Sweatshirt Sweater Medium Large179 bomber escort missions; 112 enemy aircraft were destroyed in the air, another 150 on the ground and 148 damaged; 950 rail cars, trucks and other motor vehicles were destroyed (over 600 rail cars); one destroyer was put out of action; and 40 boats and barges were destroyed. Fjallraven Abisko Hike Shirt - Men's bluee Ridge Plaid LPolo Denim & Supply Polo Ralph Lauren Slim Fit splatter paint pants sz38 32

     On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order aimed at ending racial segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces.  On March 29, 2007, The Congressional Gold Medal of Honor was collectively presented to approximately 300 Tuskegee Airmen or their widows at the U.S. IZOD NWT 4XL Big & Tall Button Down Lot Of 7 MSRP 100% COTTONOutdoor Research Astroman Men's Short Sleeve Sun Shirt Burnt orange, XLJust Cavalli Pink Beads Decorated Women's Asymmetrical Skirt US S IT 40Capital rotunda, in Washington, D.C., by President George W. Bush.