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The Tuskegee Airmen

bullet gif Davis, Benjamin O., Jr. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American: An Autobiography. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

A compelling autobiography of the man who commanded the Tuskegee Airmen in combat and went on to become the first black general in the Air Force. Davis graduated from West Point in 1936, the first African American to do so. He came from a military family—in 1940 his father became the nation's first black general.

bullet gif Dryden, Charles W. A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997.

An absorbing memoir by Lt. Col. Dryden.

bullet gif Gropman, Alan L. The Air Force Integrates, 1945-1964. Washington, D.C.: Office of Air Force History, 1978.

Tells the story of the integration of the Air Force. First chapter includes an account of the Freeman Field Mutiny in which 100 Tuskegee Airmen were arrested for attempting to enter an officers' club reserved for whites.

bullet gif Jakeman, Robert J. Divided Skies: Establishing Segregated Flight Training at Tuskegee, Alabama, 1934-1942. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Explains how Tuskegee came to be the site of segregated flight training during World War II. Tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen through the graduation of the first class of pilots in March 1942. Also includes an account of early African American aviation during 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s.

bullet gif Sandler, Stanley. Segregated Skies: All-Black Combat Squadrons of WW II. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

An account of the combat exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen. Also includes a chapter on the 477th Bombardment Group, which was still in training when the war ended.