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Tuskegee Airmen Did Lose Bombers
by James Buchanan
A Washington Post article reports “At least 25 bombers being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen over Europe during World War II were shot down by enemy aircraft, according to a new Air Force report. The report contradicts the legend that the famed black aviators never lost a plane to fire from enemy aircraft. But historian William Holton said the discovery of lost bombers doesn’t tarnish the unit’s record.”
Tuskegee pilots were mulattoes with minimal African ancestry.
Excuse me. Yes it does tarnish that unit’s record. Only a truly delusional liberal could claim that a perfect record and a flawed record were somehow “equal.” For decades I remember hearing PC propagandists on the History Channel bragging about how the (all Black) Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber during World War Two. There was even a movie made with this flawed premise.
I always figured that the Germans must have been concentrating their few remaining fighters including the Me262 jet fighters over the most critical industries and the Tuskegee pilots weren’t trusted to fly escort for any really important bombing missions.
Still, I was suspicious that they were claiming zero losses. So it finally comes out that they did have losses -at least 25 bombers shot down by enemy fighters. For every bomber shot down, there are usually several badly shot up. It’s probably safe to assume at least 100 bombers were damaged.
We had to wait 62 years after the war, but the truth finally came out on this issue. I wonder how long it will take for someone to do an analysis to determine if the Tuskegee airmen did a below average job compared to the White fighter pilots. Don’t hold your breath for the History Channel to admit this.
One interesting thing to note is that the Tuskegee airmen lost zero fighter planes even though they lost 25 bombers that they were supposed to be protecting. Usually there will be a few fighter plane losses to go along with the bomber losses –assuming the fighter pilots were making a serious effort to protect the bombers. A loss of zero escort fighters is a little suspicious.
The 1,000 Tuskegee airmen claimed a total of 100 enemy planes shot down. Given the high number of poorly trained German teenagers sent up in obsolete fighters at the end of the war, this could be entirely possible. Shooting down a total amateur and fighting it out with the more experienced German pilots are two completely different things. The lack of fighter losses suggests that they ran away when any good German pilots turned up. One German fighter pilot, Erich Hartmann, shot down 352 planes during the war —over three times the total claimed by 1,000 Negro fighter pilots.
I’m sure a lot of White people had considerable respect for those Black fighters pilots and thought that they were nice, honest model citizens. How come not one of them ever spoke up in the various war documentaries to admit that they lost some bombers? Seems like they all went right along with the PC lies.
The Tuskegee airmen were part of an experiment by the ultra-liberal FDR. It’s no great surprise that a cloud of dishonesty surrounded that experiment long after the war was over.