The sea was so calm yesterday evening, it was beautiful (at Douglas Beach)
We did it! You can still throw a bit of sponsorship to our team if you fancy? All goes to Hospice IOM.
U.S. pilots of the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group (332 EOG), 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, United States Army Air Forces, also known as the “Tuskegee Airmen”, are photographed during a preflight briefing at Ramitelli Airfield. The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military pilots who formed the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Fighter Group (477 FG). They were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. In the 1940s, the United States military was still racially segregated and black military pilots who trained in the U.S. were trained at Morton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field, located near Tuskegee, Alabama. The 332nd Fighter Group, which originally included the 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons, was deployed to Italy in early 1944. In June 1944, the 332nd Fighter Group began flying heavy bomber escort missions. In all, 992 pilots were trained in Tuskegee from 1941 to 1946. 355 were deployed overseas, and 84 lost their lives in combat or accidents and 32 were taken by Axis forces as POWs. Ramitelli Airfield, near Termoli, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy. March 1945. Image taken by Toni Frissell.
Could you recommend me any further sources of information about the Tuskegee Airmen POWs? I study identity and material culture in camps and want to move my focus away from white middle class officer POWs who were mostly the ones able to write memoirs/extensive diaries.
I realise I’ve been pretty absent lately, but it was review month for my PhD and before that I had two months of conference. Busy doesn’t quite cover it!
However, on Saturday I’ll be huffing my way along the prom to raise money for Hospice IOM. If anyone would like to donate to Hospice then a pledge would be very much appreciated.
Please do come down and throw some paint at us as we run!