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 college 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 was once prefer to arrange for a occupation commonly closed to African american citizens, how he coped with the frustrations and hazards of wrestle, and the way he, in addition to many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a powerful 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, lots 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 boundaries 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 kingdom in another country whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden offers an eloquent tale that would contact every reader.
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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.
Providence) would have it, I did. S. Army officers. " I exulted. But I worried: I'll never pass the physical. At only 150 pounds, soaking wet, they'll never let me fly big planes. " So, what the hell! Let's go try anyway! So I did. And I passed the physical! There were nine of us, all Blacksobviously this was a special occasiontaking the exam that day. Only two of us passed the physical. The other guy, Lloyd Singletary, was from Connecticut. We were happy to have passed the exam but sad about the other guys' failure.
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A-train: memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman by Charles W. Dryden