Saturday, January 26, 2008

An Uneasy Question for the Tuskegee Airmen

St. Petersburg Times [FL]
26 January 2008

An uneasy question for the Tuskegee Airmen

The heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen is legendary, but some wonder if they really never lost a bomber. And that doesn't sit well.

By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE, Times Staff Writer

It is an enduring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, repeated by Hollywood, presidents and by the pioneering black pilots themselves:

They never lost a bomber they escorted in air-to-air combat during World War II.

In 2004, a black Navy veteran, history buff and longtime Tuskegee fan stood before the group and uttered the unforgiveable.

He called the record a myth. [...]