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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.KAOKAOO Women's Luck Medium Height, Chunky Heel Bootie BootsWeiPoot Women's PU Frosted Round Closed Toe Thigh-high High-Heels Boots, bluee, 37 TDA Women's Sexy Lip Rhinestones Wedding Party Dress Stiletto PumpsDuring 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;WeenFashion Women's Kitten-Heels Solid Buckle Pu Closed-Toe SandalsASO-SLING Womens Wedge Sneakers Casual Comfortable Water-Resistant Leather Lace up Swing shoes Fitness Sport Walking shoes WENNEW Women's Span Straps Sandals Summer Flat Insouciant Student shoes With Buckle Ankle Straps Sandals179 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. ONCEFIRST Unisex Open Toe Sandals Slippers for Beach Summer shoesMisbehave CF74 Women Leatherette Bow Tassel Slip On Moccasin Flat - Black

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