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Knowing that his men needed to work hard and produceCol. Davis returned to Europe as commander of the nd Fighter Group. They did not "peel away," to engage German fighters, leaving the bombers unprotected. Is the Negro as good a soldier [or pilot] as the white man?
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Because of their incredible escort performance, during the long trip to Berlin, everyone in the nd received a Presidential Unit Citation. It was time for a radical change. It was his opinion that "90 percent of the trouble with Negro troops was the fault of the whites.
His pilots' own actions would decide their fate, and they had been through a really bad dry spell. In six months of flying nearly 1, sorties, during missions, they hadn't downed a single German plane. In the process, the Group lost sixty-six pilots who were killed in action and more than thirty pilots who became prisoners of war after bailing-out over enemy territory.
The Red Tails were able to down three s - which were made undergroundlargely by slave labor from a nearby concentration camp - during the successful bomb run to Berlin. They did not appear to be searching for individual glory.
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Colin Parker created this painting depicting Lt. Prints of this work are available for purchase via Fine Art America. Copyright Colin Parker, all rights reserved. Image provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with Parker's work. When those orders came, the pilots did not disappoint their leader, Col. White bomber pilots began to notice that red-tailed planes were providing effective escort help.
The flight to Berlin was relatively uneventful until the bombers neared the target. One of their supporters was Lt. General Ira Eakersenior American airman in the Mediterranean area. They were Messerschmitt s - jets, in other words - which could fly at least miles an hour faster than their opponents.
Although speed gave an ME- the advantageit also gave it less maneuverability. The Tuskegee airmen needed orders to fly where German planes were lurking, then take them out.
To avoid repositioning from forward combat to a rear area, his pilots needed to wrack-up impressive statistics. Davis knew, however, that whatever opinions anyone had about fault or lack thereofnothing counted as much as.
Led by Colonel Davis himself, until his plane developed engine trouble before reaching Berlin, the Red Tails escorted the bombers on the round-trip journey. They had to fly about miles to reach the Daimler Benz tank factory near the German capital.
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Suddenly, unbelievably fast German planes approached the Americans. Soon bomb crews referred to the nd pilots as "Red-Tailed Angels. By the end of the war, African-American pilots of the nd Fighter Group had accumulated impressive statistics:.