By Charles W. Dryden
A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black americans who, in the course of global warfare II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying university 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 prefer to arrange for a profession ordinarily closed to African american citizens, how he coped with the frustrations and risks of wrestle, and the way he, besides many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a powerful struggle list. lower 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 obstacles of racial prejudice within the defense force and at domestic. As a member of that elite crew of younger pilots who fought for his or her nation abroad whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden offers an eloquent tale that would contact each reader.
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A-train: memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman by Charles W. Dryden