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The Tuskegee Airmen
SUBJECTS — U.S./1941 - 1945, Diversity & Alabama; Aviation;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage; Courage in War;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect and Responsibility.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong war violence; Drama; 1995; 110 minutes; Color.
This film tells the story of WW II's Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American 332nd Fighter Group of the Army Air Corps. The film accurately portrays the destruction of the racist myth that blacks could not fly complex modern fighters. We are shown Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the U.S. and champion of the rights of minorities, supporting the experiment with black pilots.
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The Tuskegee Airmen is a movie about commitment, discipline and courage. The 332nd Fighter Group of the Army Air Corps was one of the best units to fly in World War II. This movie will introduce children to another step in the long road that black people took toward racial equality.
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The Tuskegee Airmen were the elite, African-American 99th Fighter Squadron (later expanded to the 332nd Fighter Group) commanded by Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 700 missions and were the only Fighter Group that never lost a bomber to enemy aircraft. They earned three unit citations, more than 744 Air Medals and Clusters, more than 100 Flying Crosses, 14 Bronze Stars, 8 Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit, and the Red Star of Yugoslavia. The Tuskegee Airmen downed 111 enemy fighters, including three of the eight Messerschmitt ME-262 jets shot down by the Allies during the war. The 332nd also destroyed countless targets during ground attack missions and even sank a German destroyer with machine gun fire that hit the ship's ammunition stores, triggering secondary explosions. Sixty-six Tuskegee Airmen (out of a total of 450 sent overseas) lost their lives in combat.
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