A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

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University of Alabama Press, Jun 26, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 440 pages
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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 Corpsí 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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Review: A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

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interesting story. too bad most of these men have died. lots of stories will go o their graves with them. Read full review

Review: A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

User Review  - Goodreads

interesting story. too bad most of these men have died. lots of stories will go o their graves with them. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
xi
Acknowledgments
xv
Dismissed
3
Why?
4
The Fledgling
7
Off to Tuskegee
21
Aviation Cadets
36
Nest of Black Eagles
68
Lonely Eagles
245
Over ThereAgain
260
Sayonara
297
Guten Tag West Germany
319
Auf Wiedersehen
348
Twilight of a Lonely Eagle
375
Contrails
384
Epilogue
391

Fighting 99th Over There
107
Arrivederci Sicily
148
Youre Not Ready
167
Fighting 99th Over Here
194
Camelot
205
Glossary
395
Bibliography
409
Index
411
Copyright

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Dryden is retired from the U.S. Air Force following 20 years of service with action during World War II and the Korean War. He holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Hofstra University.

Lieutenant General Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
is retired from the U.S. Air Force and is author of American: An Autobiography.

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