The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949

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Many documentaries, articles, museum exhibits, books, and movies have now treated the subject of the Tuskegee Airmen, the only black American military pilots in World War II. Most of these works have focused on their training and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This publication goes further, using captioned photographs to trace the Airmen through the various stages of training, deployment, and combat in North Africa, Italy, and over occupied Europe. Included for the first time are depictions of the critical support roles of nonflyers: doctors, nurses, mechanics, navigators, weathermen, parachute riggers, and others, all of whom contributed to the Airmen’s success. In words and pictures, this volume makes vivid the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the environments in which they lived, worked, played, fought, and sometimes died.

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Joseph Caver is a senior archivist at the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. His article “Setting the Record Straight Regarding Lieutenants White and McCullin, Tuskegee Airmen,” written with Jerome Ennels and Wesley Newton and published in the 2008 Air Power History Journal, was selected as the article of the year by the Journal. He received the 2010 Spirit of Marion Award from Alabama State University.

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"This is history at its best: accurate, candid, and interesting. Authors Joe Caver, Jerome Ennels, and Dan Haulman, all accomplished and respected historians, have done an excellent job and made a major contribution by bringing the efforts and accomplishments of the Tuskegee airmen to life." ―Dr. Kenneth Werrell, author, Death from the Heavens: A History of Strategic Bombing
"[The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949] could well be the best of the batch because it takes a different approach to a unit that became one of the most famous of World War II . . . it's basically an encyclopedia crammed with everything you ever wanted to know about the organization ... a superb 250-page book." ―Alvin Benn, The Montgomery Advertiser
"I am impressed with the accuracy of the information and the selection of the corresponding photos." ―Vice President-Resource Development, Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation
"Loaded with photos and images, you’ll get a real sense of these American heroes: where they lived, worked, played, trained, fought, and sometimes died for liberty. We need to be reminded of this important fact from time to time, especially July 4th." ―Dave “Doc” Kirby, WTBF-AM/FM
"First rate. It certainly stands out from the many previous works dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. This is a must have book for anyone interested in the more esoteric aspects of WWII flying." ―Roger-Wilco.net
"I wish The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History had been available when I was researching my own book. It's the definitive reference book for the Tuskegee Airmen experience" ―author of Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
"Through pictures and words, a vivid account of the Airmen and the support personnel critical to the success of their missions, is richly and more accurately retold." ―Jane Erskine, Book News, Inc.
"The Tuskegee Airmen’s stories have been told before in films, books, and museum exhibits. Yet, Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels, and Daniel Haulman have given us that almost familiar tale with carefully researched and well-sourced new dimensions. This book . . . was created with love for the enduring influence of the Tuskegee Airmen on the military, on aviation, and on the American principle of fair play." ―First Draft
"The book does an excellent job of showing what daily life was like for [the Airmen] as they trained." ―American Aviators of WWI
"The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 fills a significant void in the existing literature on these men by offering several hundred captioned photographs depicting African-American pilots before 1941 through the postwar. The photos bring to life the combat operations of the Airmen and provide glimpses of their training, combat support activities, and social life. . . . The photos tellingly reveal the depth of the segregation policies of the [American Air Force] of the 1940s. The extensive collection of images and detailed chronology make this book a welcome addition to the growing number of works on the Airmen." ―Air & Space Power Journal

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