(TIML HISTORY) Today March 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the first class of Tuskegee Airmen completing training and setting the bar for future classes.
In addition to a training regimen that was intensified with the outbreak of war, the stress was unfathomable, most of the training for Black service members took place in the racially segregated south. This made for an environment rife with stress.
The situation with the Tuskegee Airmen was no different. With the added pressure to create a flawless flying force, the program suffered from being extremely crowded. This was in part because of the success of that first class.
While their counterparts in other branches were rotated among different bases, there was too much going on at Tuskegee Airfield to not move pilots around to other bases.
By the following year, the Tuskegee Airmen would be activated and take to the skies of North Africa and Europe. Only the 99th Pursuit Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group would see combat.
The 761st Tank Battalion: The Black Panthers
Making history a week later would be fearless 761st Tank Battalion. This force was also known as the Black Panthers and was the first all-Black tank force and experienced many of the same roadblocks as the Tuskegee Airmen.
While the Airmen were in combat by 1943, the Black Panthers were considered battle-ready in 1942 and activated in October 1944. This was also the same time as the 92nd Infantry or the Buffalo Soldiers. Several exemplary soldiers came out of the Black Panthers with Sgt. Warren G.H Crecy being one of the best known. Crecy was known as an even-tempered soldier who was the bane of the Germans.
For more Black Air Force history, read up on General Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the first Black general in the U.S Air Force. Boom!!!!!! Drop a gem on & Comment in the section below.