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On Oct. 6, 1944, 2nd Lt. Andrew Marshall of the 301st Fighter Squadron parachuted to safety when his plane was shot down by flak during a strafing mission over Greece. Greek partisans hid Marshall from the Nazis and helped him escape back to his squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 12/9/2014

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Long, dangerous missions over enemy territory and bad weather sometimes meant that pilots returned to base with enough gas for just three minutes of flying time -- the time it takes to boil an egg. Some Tuskegee Airmen decided to form the “Three Minute Eggs Club,” with membership limited to those who landed within the narrow margin. Left to right are 1st Lt. Clarence W. Dart, 1st Lt. Wilson Eagleson, II and 2nd Lt. William Olsbrook (October 1944). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Living conditions were often difficult. Here, pilots are outside the parachute room at Ramitelli, Italy, before a mission (March 1945). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Tuskegee Airmen being briefed for a mission at their base in Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Staff Sgt. James McGee, shown working on one of the 332nd Fighter Group’s P-39 Airacobras in Italy, kept their aircraft combat ready. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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1st Lt. Robert W. Deiz was one of the 99th Fighter Squadron pilots who shot down 10 Fw 190s on Jan. 27, 1944. He shot down another one the next day. Interestingly, Deiz was the Tuskegee Airman depicted in the famous “Keep Us Flying” War Bonds poster. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 12/8/2014

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Throughout the war, the Tuskegee Airmen remained under the watchful eye of superiors in the War Department and the U.S. Army. Here, 99th commander Lt. Col. Benjamin Davis (left) meets with Secretary of War Henry Stimson (right) in Tunis as Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz, commander of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces watches. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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While escorting B-25 Mitchell bombers over Sicily, 1st Lt. (later Maj.) Charles Hall scored the Tuskegee Airmen’s first aerial victory. Seated in the cockpit of his P-40L Warhawk, Hall points to his freshly painted “kill” marking. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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99th Fighter Squadron P-40 flown by 1st Lt. (later Maj.) Charles Hall. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Tuskegee Airmen became heroes to the black community. Here, singer Lena Horne (center), one of their best known supporters, visits Tuskegee aviation cadets. Col. Parrish is on her left. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The first five fighter pilots graduated from Tuskegee on March 7, 1942. From left to right are R.M. Long (instructor); George Roberts; Benjamin O. Davis Jr.; Charles DeBow; Mac Ross; and Lemuel Curtis. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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At first, white instructors conducted basic and advanced flying school at Tuskegee AAF. Later, black combat pilots returned as flight instructors. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 12/8/2014

    

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