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A-TRAIN: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman * SIGNED *: Dryden, Charles, Lt. Colonel, USAF A-TRAIN: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman * SIGNED *: Dryden, Charles, Lt. Colonel, USAF A-TRAIN: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman * SIGNED *: Dryden, Charles, Lt. Colonel, USAF A-TRAIN: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman * SIGNED *: Dryden, Charles, Lt. Colonel, USAF

A-TRAIN: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman * SIGNED *

Dryden, Charles, Lt. Colonel, USAF

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ISBN 10: 0817308563 / ISBN 13: 9780817308568
Published by University of Alabama Press, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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FIRST Edition, THIRD Printing. Near Fine Volume in a Fine or Better dust jacket. INSCRIBED by author and dated 1998 under photo of his plane (frontispiece): "To ___ God Bless always! - Chuck "A-Train" Dryden, 99th Ftr Sqdn". Illustrated with b/w photographs. No other writing/markings. Gently bumped foot of spine with a minute (itsy) lower edge indentation, else a perfect copy. 421 pages. Great historical reference. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 001407

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Title: A-TRAIN: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman * ...

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying School and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden presents a fast-paced, balanced, and personal account of what it was like to prepare for a career traditionally closed to African Americans, how he coped with the frustrations and dangers of combat, and how he, along with many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a magnificent war record.

Under the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee airmen fought over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, escorting American bomber crews who respected their "no-losses" record. Some were shot down, many of them were killed or captured by the enemy, and several won medals of valor and honor. But the airmen still faced great barriers of racial prejudice in the armed forces and at home. As a member of that elite group of young pilots who fought for their country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent story that will touch each and every reader.


 

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How does a black American prepare for a career in a profession traditionally closed to blacks? And how does he or she cope with the frustrations and dangers that subsequent experiences generate? A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School and served as a pilot in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden has prepared an honest, fast-paced, balanced, vividly written, and very personal account of what it was like to be a black soldier, and specifically a pilot, during World War II and the Korean War. Colonel Dryden's book commands our attention because it is a balanced account by an insightful man who enlisted in a segregated army and retired from an integrated air force. Dryden's account is poignant in illuminating the hurt inflicted by racism on even the most successful black people. As a member of that elite group of those young pilots who fought for their country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent memoir of the experiences he has shared and the changes he has witnessed.

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