By Charles W. Dryden
A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black americans who, in the course of global conflict II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying college and served as a pilot within the military Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden offers a fast paced, balanced, and private account of what it used to be prefer to arrange for a profession often closed to African american citizens, how he coped with the frustrations and risks of wrestle, and the way he, in addition to many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with an impressive battle 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" checklist. a few have been shot down, a lot of them have been killed or captured via the enemy, and several other received medals of valor and honor. however the airmen nonetheless confronted nice boundaries of racial prejudice within the defense force and at domestic. As a member of that elite workforce of younger pilots who fought for his or her kingdom in another country whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden provides an eloquent tale that would contact each reader.
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Saying, "Be brave, Sonny, I'll go get your father," she rushed out of our first-floor apartment to the lobby of the building to summon Dad. He was on duty as elevator operator at the time but came to me at once. First he unwrapped Mom's dish-towel bandage. Then he held my finger in the cold tap water to wash away the gushing blood, painted the wound edges with iodine (I howled), and with a tourniquet of sterile gauze stanched the flow from a gusher to a slow ooze. He then half-ran, half-walked me to a nearby emergency clinic.
Knighten, who saved my life in the skies over Sicily. The other group of steadfast friends, those who added their voices to Marymal's urging me, encouraging me, indeed goading me to write these memoirs, comprises a number of people whose help in getting the job done has been immeasurable, some because Page xvii of the sense of urgency that they imparted and facilities they made available to me, others because of the information they provided. , scholar and professor of history and herstory at Spelman College who encouraged me to write my story utilizing the computer in his office on campus.
Sayonara! (February 1952-September 1957) 297 15. Guten Tag, West Germany (September 1957-May 1959) 319 16. Auf Wiedersehen! (May 1959-January 1962) 348 17. Twilight of a lonely Eagle(January 1962-August 1962) 375 18. Contrails (Timeless) 384 Epilogue 391 Glossary 395 Bibliography 409 Index 411 Page ix FOREWORD A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman by Charles W. , Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired), is an autobiography of a prominent and very active member of the group of several hundred Black airmen who were trained to fly in the skies over Alabama in the early 1940s, who fought the air war in Europe during World War II, and who simultaneously lived through the tempestuous life that the United States has imposed upon its Black citizens throughout all of our lives.