Item #19356 Photo Archive of Black Airmen in the WWII Era Air Corp or Air Force. Air Force Black Soldiers.
Photo Archive of Black Airmen in the WWII Era Air Corp or Air Force
Photo Archive of Black Airmen in the WWII Era Air Corp or Air Force
Photo Archive of Black Airmen in the WWII Era Air Corp or Air Force
Photo Archive of Black Airmen in the WWII Era Air Corp or Air Force

Photo Archive of Black Airmen in the WWII Era Air Corp or Air Force

Photo Archive

Black troops had a very hard time breaking into the Air Force, which stayed much more White than other branches of the military, particularly the Army which has become the most integrated. The Tuskegee Airmen are well known as pioneering Black airmen, but they were nearly the only black troops in the Air Force at the time. It wasn't until a bit later, during Korea, when trailblazers like the men pictured in this archive were inducted into the service. The Air Corps was adamant that blacks could not serve as combat pilots. However, bowing to a presidential decree in 1941, the Air Corps began training a limited number of pilots that became the famous Tuskegee Airmen. Archive of five original photographs of Black soldiers in the Air Corp or Air Forcr around W.W.II. Of the 5 photos, Two photos are large panoramas measuring 8" x 15" and 8" x 17.5", and three are smaller photos, measuring around 3" x 5" each. One of the large panorama depicts a lineup of troops; interestingly, they are segregated with white men forming the bulk of the unit off to the right of the photo, black men in the middle, and women off to the left side. There is a band and flag bearers in this lineup as well. The other panorama photo shows about 4 dozen black airmen in full uniform marching near a base in rows of four. The three smaller display the Black airmen in uniform with their characteristic airman's cap and winged shoulder patches. Slight water staining and 1.5 inch fold at the left corner of one of the large panorama photographs, but overall the photos in very good condition.

Item #19356

Price: $1,250.00

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