Nightfighters: The story of the 332nd Fighter Group, Tuskegee Airmen
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Their kill to loss ratio was the worst. Their combat victories per mission was the lowest. Yet their on station deployment was among the highest. To top off these abysmal statistics, the actual size of the 332nd that generated these "group" statistics was 33% LARGER than every other European and Mediterranean theater fighter group, comprising FOUR squadrons to every other group's THREE squadrons. Where other American 8th, 9th and 15th Air Force groups produced as many as 30 or 40 Aces or more (5 enemy aircraft shot down), the 332nd Red Tails couldn't even produce 1 (one) Ace.
The US Public Health Service (PHS) took 399 African Americans, from poor areas of Alabama, and conducted an experiment. They followed the state of syphilis in each African American. Even worse, the PHS lied to the victims, telling them they were being treated for bad blood. There was no intention of curing them of anything.
African Americans were prohibited from flying with the white pilots. They were separated from the whites during training, and treated "under" them. Plane trainers intentionally tried to fail the black pilots, so they wouldn't be able to enter the USAF. Watch Nightfighers and you will be taken into the harsh reality of what African Americans went through during WWII. - Pete
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The Night Fighters is truly a keeper!
There is nothing in our history books that tells the true story about the Tuskegee Airmen like this documentary!!!!
This is a great story and is told with no embellishments by the men who lived it. If you are interested in knowing more about the "Red Tails," then you should add this... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dreamquest