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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.New Free People Womens Salutation Layering Long Sleeve Top By Fp Movement nAdidas polka dot sweatshirt L Just Cavalli white short sleeve t-shirt size L RRP125 DAR217During 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;Corneliani Mens Brown Pleated S100s Dress Pants Size 40R 41x26.5B. CHYLL Ivory 100% Cashmere Open Cardigan Sweater Size Small CARHARTT DOUBLE FRONT DUNGAREE JEANS ULTRA blueE W36 L34179 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. Schumacher Blazer Gr. L brown Paisley Design (BB2313)New Hobie By Hurley Mens Salty Woven Button Up Cotton Casual Shirt Medium

     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. Mens Zipper Chains Decor Slim Fit Casual Skinny Pants Clubwear Punk Trousers szPatagonia Long Sleeve Daily Henley T-Shirt Navy blueeBIG SM EXTREME SPORTSWEAR Shirt T-Shirt Stretch Shirt Bodybuilding Gym 2705Capital rotunda, in Washington, D.C., by President George W. Bush.