The Clearport Tuskagee Shirt is dedicated to the legacy of the Tuskagee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen:
The first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the U.S. Air Force in WWII.
In September 1940, Roosevelt’s War Department began the program founded by Booker Washington.
y the time the 332nd flew its last combat mission on April 26, 1945, two weeks before the German surrender, the Tuskegee Airmen had flown more than 15,000 individual sorties over two years in combat. They had destroyed or damaged 36 German plans in the air and 237 on the ground, as well as nearly 1,000 rail cars and transport vehicles and a German destroyer. 66 Tuskegee pilots were killed in action while another 32 were held as POW.
More than 300 of the original Tuskegee Airmen were on hand to receive the Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush in 2007.Two years later, the surviving Tuskegee-trained pilots and support crew were invited to attend the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, who once wrote that his “career in public service was made possible by the path heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen trail-blazed.”
November 9, 2009