Lt. Charles H. De Bow (d. 1986) was from the first class of Tuskegee Airmen. In this article he describes for his readers all that he went through to get to that point. Taking off from Maxwell Field, he described all that he saw from his cockpit:
"Around me , strtching away to the horizon, the red clay of Alabama, dotted with the corn and cotton fields where the Negroes are working. The same fields where their ancestors worked - as slaves. A little knot of people in one field look up at me. I feel a catch in my throat. My people... I'm a Negroe, too one of the pioneer class at Tuskegee."
Another article about the Tuskegee Airmen can be read here...
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