Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW

ISBN-10: 0823223663
ISBN-13: 9780823223664
Edition: 2005
List price: $45.00
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Description: This book is a rare and important gift. One of the few memoirs of combat in World War II by a distinguished African-American flier, it is also perhaps the only account of the African-American experience in a German prison camp. Alexander Jefferson  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: lFordham University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 9.02" wide x 7.99" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

This book is a rare and important gift. One of the few memoirs of combat in World War II by a distinguished African-American flier, it is also perhaps the only account of the African-American experience in a German prison camp. Alexander Jefferson was one of 32 Tuskegee Airmen from the 332nd Fighter Group to be shot down defending a country that considered them to be second-class citizens. A Detroit native, Jefferson enlisted in 1942, trained at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, became a second lieutenant in 1943, and joined one of the most decorated fighting units in the War, flying P51s with their legendaryand feared red tails. Based in Italy, Jefferson flew bomber escort missions over southern Europe before being shot down in France in 1944. Captured, he spent the balance of the war in Luftwaffe prison camps in Sagan and Moosberg, Germany. In this vividly detailed, deeply personal book, Jefferson writes as a genuine American hero and patriot. Its an unvarnished look at life behind barbed wire and what it meant to be an African-American pilot in enemy hands. Its also a look at race and democracy in America through the eyes of a patriot who fought to protect the promise of freedom. The book features the sketches, drawings, and other illustrations Jefferson created during his nine months as a kriegie (POW) and Lewis Carlsons authoritative background to the man, his unit, and the fight Alexander Jefferson fought so well.

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