A-train : memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman / Charles W. Dryden ; with a foreword by Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
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- ISBN: 0817308563
- ISBN: 9780817308568
- ISBN: 9780817312664
- ISBN: 0817312668
- Physical Description: xviii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1997.
Contents / Notes
Includes bibliographical references (page 409) and index.
Dismissed! (July 1944) -- Why? (July 1944) -- The fledgling (1920-1941) -- Off to Tuskegee (August 1941) -- Aviation cadets (August 1941-April 1942) -- Nest of black eagles (April 1942-April 1943) -- Fighting 99th : over there! (April 1943-September 1943) -- Arrivederci, Sicily! (September 1943-1944) -- "You're not ready!" (1944-July 1945) -- Fighting 99th : over here! (July 1945-February 1946) -- Camelot! (February 1946-June 1949) -- Lonely eagles (June 1949-July 1950) -- Over there again! (July 1950-February 1952) -- Sayanara! (February 1952-September 1957) -- Guten tag, West Germany (September 1957-May 1959) -- Auf Wiedersehen! (May 1959-January 1962) -- Twilight of a lonely eagle (January 1962-August 1962) -- Contrails (Timeless) -- Epilogue.
How does a black American prepare for a career in a profession traditionally closed to blacks? And how does he or she cope with the frustrations and dangers that subsequent experiences generate? A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School and served as a pilot in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden has prepared an honest, fast-paced, balanced, vividly written, and very personal account.
Of what it was like to be a black soldier, and specifically a pilot, during World War II and the Korean War. Colonel Dryden's book commands our attention because it is a balanced account by an insightful man who enlisted in a segregated army and retired from an integrated air force. Dryden's account is poignant in illuminating the hurt inflicted by racism on even the most successful black people. As a member of that elite group of those young pilots who fought for their.
Country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent memoir of the experiences he has shared and the changes he has witnessed.