Tuskegee Airmen

Introduction

The Tuskegee airmen were the first black servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, flying with distinction during World War II. Though subject to racial discrimination both at home and abroad, the 996 pilots and more than 15,000 ground personnel who served with the all-black units would be credited with some 15,500 combat sorties and earn over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses for their achievements. The highly publicized successes of the Tuskegee Airmen helped pave the way for the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces under President Harry Truman in 1948.

Article Details:

Tuskegee Airmen

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    Tuskegee Airmen

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/tuskegee-airmen

  • Access Date

    July 25, 2014

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks