Tukeegee Airmen

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  1. Tired old White

    Tired old White Guru

    May 1, 2006
    Looks like the 332nd had an over-hyped rep. This is on The Foxnews.com

    All of these records have been here all along," Haulman said. "It was just a matter of putting them together."

    The surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of black fighter pilots allowed into the U.S. Army Air Corps, received the Congressional Gold Medal on Thursday from President Bush in Washington.

    With nearly 1,000 pilots and as many as 19,000 support personnel ranging from mechanics to nurses, the group was credited with shooting down more than 100 enemy aircraft and _ for years _ with never losing an American bomber under escort.

    Haulman told the Advertiser he had discovered the claim that the Tuskegee Airmen had never lost a bomber they escorted to enemy fire first appeared on March 24, 1945, in an article in the black newspaper Chicago Defender. The newspaper's headline read "332nd Flies Its 200th Mission Without Loss."

    The information was attributed only to "the 15th Air Force, Italy."

    "In fact, on the very day the claim was published, more bombers under 332nd Fighter Group escort were shot down," Haulman wrote.

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