During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, these men were forced to constantly endure harassement, prejudice, and much behind the scenes politics until at last they were able to prove themselves in combat. Written by
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They Were Our Country's Best Defense ... And Its Greatest Glory.
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This film's closing epilogue states: "The 15th Air Force delivered a massive and successful raid on Berlin. The 332nd [Fighter Group] shot down three German jet fighters, the first jet planes of the war . . . Between May 1943 and June 1945 [,] 450 Tuskegee Airmen were awarded more than 850 medals. Sixty-six Tuskegee Airmen died in battle. The 332nd Fighter Group never lost a single bomber to enemy action." See more
The 99th flew obsolete P-39 Airacobras during their deployment to Africa, not P-51 Mustangs. See more
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Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Written by Nat 'King' Cole
and Irving Mills
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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