Many documentaries, articles, museum exhibits, books, and movies have now treated the subject of the Tuskegee Airmen, the only black American military pilots in World War II. Most of these works have focused on their training and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This publication goes further, using captioned photographs to trace the Airmen through the various stages of training, deployment, and combat in North Africa, Italy, and over occupied Europe. Included for the first time are depictions of the critical support roles of non-flyers: doctors, nurses, mechanics, navigators, weathermen, parachute riggers, and others, all of whom contributed to the Airmen’s success. In words and pictures, this volume makes vivid the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the environments in which they lived, worked, played, fought, and sometimes died.
This is history at its best: accurate, candid, and interesting. Authors Joe Caver, Jerome Ennels, and Dan Haulman, all accomplished and respected historians, have done an excellent job and made a major contribution by bringing the efforts and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen to life.
—Dr. Kenneth Werrell, author of Death from the Heavens: A History of Strategic Bombing
Loaded with photos and images, you’ll get a real sense of these American heroes: where they lived, worked, played, trained, fought, and sometimes died for liberty. We need to be reminded of this important fact from time to time, especially July 4th.
—Dave “Doc” Kirby, WTBF-AM/FM
The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939–1949
fills a significant void in the existing literature on these men by offering several hundred captioned photographs depicting African American pilots before 1941 through the postwar. The photos bring to life the combat operations of the Airmen and provide glimpses of their training, combat support activities, and social life ... The photos tellingly reveal the depth of the segregation policies of the [American Air Force] of the 1940s. The extensive collection of images and detailed chronology make this book a welcome addition to the growing number of works on the Airmen.
—Air & Space Power Journal
First rate. It certainly stands out from the many previous works dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in the more esoteric aspects of WWII flying.
I wish The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History
had been available when I was researching my own book. It's the definitive reference book for the Tuskegee Airmen experience.
—Todd Moye, author of Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
Through pictures and words, a vivid account of the Airmen and the support personnel critical to the success of their missions, is richly and more accurately retold.
—Jane Erskine, Book News, Inc.
I am impressed with the accuracy of the information and the selection of the corresponding photos.
—Farrell Chiles, vice president of resource development, Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation
[The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949
] could well be the best of the batch because it takes a different approach to a unit that became one of the most famous of World War II ... it's basically an encyclopedia crammed with everything you ever wanted to know about the organization … a superb 250-page book.
—Alvin Benn, The Montgomery Advertiser
The Tuskegee Airmen’s stories have been told before in films, books, and museum exhibits. Yet, Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels, and Daniel Haulman have given us that almost familiar tale with carefully researched and well-sourced new dimensions. This book ... was created with love for the enduring influence of the Tuskegee Airmen on the military, on aviation, and on the American principle of fair play.
The book does an excellent job of showing what daily life was like for [the Airmen] as they trained.
—American Aviators of WWI