By Charles W. Dryden
A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black american citizens who, in the course of global warfare II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying tuition and served as a pilot within the military Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden provides a fast moving, balanced, and private account of what it used to be wish to arrange for a occupation routinely closed to African american citizens, how he coped with the frustrations and hazards of strive against, and the way he, in addition to many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with an impressive struggle checklist. less than the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee airmen fought over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, escorting American bomber crews who revered their "no-losses" list. a few have been shot down, a lot of them have been killed or captured by way of the enemy, and several other gained medals of valor and honor. however the airmen nonetheless confronted nice obstacles of racial prejudice within the defense force and at domestic. As a member of that elite staff of younger pilots who fought for his or her state out of the country whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden offers an eloquent tale that may contact every reader.
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Includes bibliographical references and index. Title. 54'4973dc20 96-24118 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data available Page v To MARYMAL Beloved Wife and to the memory of BROTHER ROB AND SISTER VIE Revered Parents Page vii Contents Foreword ix Prologue xi Acknowledgments xv Part I: Before Desegregation 1. Dismissed! (July 1944) 3 2. Why? (July 1994) 4 3. The Fledgling (1920-1941) 7 4. Off to Tuskegee (August 1941) 21 5. Aviation Cadets (August 1941-April 1942) 36 6. Nest of Black Eagles (April 1942-April (1943) 68 7.
I felt as though I had been kicked in the stomach. Speechless. Breathless. Stunned. I left in a daze. I had just had my first knockdown by Jim Crow and it made me sick at heart. A month later came Round Two, with the recruiting sergeantanother knockdown. Yet another month later it was October 1940. Tucked way back in the back pages of the Bronx Home News one Saturday was an article that I happened to see. S. " H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H! Thank you, Jesus! Of course the recruiting office was closed on Saturday.
It is an honest rendition of his life experience throughout the time period covered by his book. " Chuck's book contains a wealth of interesting detail that should appeal to all Tuskegee Airmen. It would also be an educational read for anyone who is slightly acquainted with the existence of the Tuskegee Airmen but Page x who does not fully understand the details of the World War II experience of Blacksoverseasand desires to know more. This book consists of material that can provide the reader with the background for comprehension of the ongoing struggle with racism in the United States.
A-train: memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman by Charles W. Dryden