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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.Elegantpark Women High Heel Pumps Peep Toe Rhinestones Brooch Satin Bridal Wedding shoesAdeeSu Womens Square Heels Chunky Heels Buckle Urethane Sandals SLC03342 Indigo Rd. Womens Laura Gladiator SandalDuring 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;KingRover Women's Platform Ankle Strap High Heel - Open Toe Sandal - Sexy Chunky Dressy Heel Summer shoesKaloosh Women's Jeweled Decoration Block Round Toe Lace up Side Zipper Chunky High Heel Ankle Boots BIGTREE Women Over The Knee Suede Boots Chunky Heel Stretch Lace up Fashion shoes179 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. KemeKiss Women Winter Short BootsShow Story Punk Black Spider Web Lace-Up Platform Bone Heel Ankle Boot Bootie,LF80643

     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. KRISP Women Ladies Open Toe Cork Wedge Heel Sandals Ankle Strap Platform Summer shoesAN Womens Pointed-Toe Low-Cut Uppers Urethane Pumps shoes DGU00724Lydee Women Sweet Bow PumpsCapital rotunda, in Washington, D.C., by President George W. Bush.