By Charles W. Dryden
A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black american citizens who, in the course of global struggle 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 paced, balanced, and private account of what it used to be prefer to organize for a profession typically closed to African american citizens, how he coped with the frustrations and risks of strive against, and the way he, in addition to many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with an impressive struggle list. below 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" checklist. a few have been shot down, lots of them have been killed or captured by means of the enemy, and a number of other received 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 may contact each reader.
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Aboard them I was "flying"; I was close to my fantasy heaven. Charles Levy Tucker Dryden, "Dad" to me, was my first hero. A sergeant in the Jamaican Expeditionary Force during World War I, he was deployed to Europe by way of Egypt. His unit came under heavy fire in Belgium and he caught a hunk of shrapnel in his chest. It came within a quarter inch of ending these memoirs before they could even begin. Before his military stint he was a teacher at Mico College (for men) in Kingston. Violet was a teacher at next-door Wolmers College (for women).
Chief" Anderson, civilian flight instructors at Tuskegee; Lieutenant General Benjamin O. , my squadron commander and, later, group commander; Brigadier General Noel F. Parrish, commander of Tuskegee Army Air Field; Sidney Brooks and Clarence Jamison, aviation cadet classmates and squadron mates in the 99th along with Herbert E. Carter and Spann Watson, and especially James B. Knighten, who saved my life in the skies over Sicily. The other group of steadfast friends, those who added their voices to Marymal's urging me, encouraging me, indeed goading me to write these memoirs, comprises a number of people whose help in getting the job done has been immeasurable, some because Page xvii of the sense of urgency that they imparted and facilities they made available to me, others because of the information they provided.
To disgrace one's family by misbehavior was to court disasterlike a good, this-hurts-me-more-than-it-hurts-you spanking. In his quiet but forceful way my Dad used to say: "Son, you have two sets of ears. One set on your headsides, the other set on your backside. " Education was the order of the day, day after day, school term after school term. Summer vacations included reading at least one book of our choice and attending some craft activity at a local school or playground. And year round there was time for a hobby.
A-train: memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman by Charles W. Dryden