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Tuskegee's Heroes (Motorbooks Classic) Paperback – April 7, 2001

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Charles \u201cCharlie\u201d Cooper entered the U.S. Air Force in 1955, retiring in 1991 as a two-star general with well over four thousand hours logged as an air force master navigator. He joined the New York Air National Guard in 1962, rose rapidly through operations and command positions, and served for seven years as its commander. He is a member of numerous aviation-related and veterans\u2019 organizations and a member of the Board of Managers of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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  • Series: Motorbooks Classic
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press (April 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076031084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760310847
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I like the vignettes between photos and artwork. From thumbnail bios in front, to explanation of the segregated Air Corps, and then finally the 'Tuskegee Experiment' this is a book you can read a little each evening or all at once. So, if you have read Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: American: An Autobiography, you know it was rough, they almost did not make it to combat. But the 'Red Tails' made it, and they set a record for escorts as well as ground attack.
The 332nd Fighter Group was sent to the Italian front- with mud, rain, living in tents and flying from pierced steel plank runways. But they learned from the 79th FG and supported the British Seventh Army with strafing missions. First flying P-40s, then P-47s, finally P-51s on bomber escort. The 477th Bomb Group was to fly B-25 medium bombers; it never got to combat.
You will notice an important part of the squadrons were ground crew. Like many others, they 'owned the airplanes, but loaned them to the pilots for each mission'. You can see the pride they took in their squadron efficiency.
Appendices list Group members who became POWs, aerial victories by date/name/squadron, and the Tuskegee honor roll of men who died on duty.
See also: Red Tails Black Wings: The Men of America's Black Air Force, Tuskegee "Red Tail" Fighter Pilot: Calvin J. Spann.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Standing Deer on December 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An excellent...Historic read... and the art work of Roy E. LaGrone who was an airmen as well is exceptional, some of the finest paintings and renderings of the Tuskegee Airmen by far!. He has great talent as an artist which adds a fine dimension to the Cooper's book . I was at the Pentagon in 2011 where he was honored for his contribution, dedication and love of the Tuskegee Airmen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Warner on March 18, 2014
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In putting together a scrapbook for my son who is an fan of aviation history, I did not want to leave out these great WWII Heroes who were pioneers at the time. Great information and a credit to aviation history.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Tuskegee's Heroes" is one of several books which have recently evolved in tribute to the achievements of the all-black 332nd Fighter Group during World War II. Unfortunately, compared to many current titles on this subject, including "Red-Tailed Angels" and "Red Tails: Black Wings", this one rates rather low in comparison. While the research is well documented, the writing style itself leaves something to be desired, being most dampened by the author's excessive use of exclamation points. Most discouragingly, the book contains a selective and misleading appendix on the Tuskegee pilots who became POW's, summarized with statements, like, "In chronicling the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen, we must remember those who faced the added horror of being held as Prisoners of War!", and attributing their "minimally" humane treatment to efforts of the Red Cross. In reality, the Tuskegee Airmen(5 of whom I've personally spoken to on this topic) recounted the irony of being subjected to better treatment at the hands of their Luftwaffe captors than by the air force in which they served. However, this book does feature a valuable assortment of photographs, statistics, and paintings by aviation artist Roy LaGrone. This is a good read, but there are better compilations already available on this overlooked chapter of aviation history.
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