A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman (Paperback)

A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman By Charles W. Dryden, Benjamin O. Davis Jr (Foreword by) Cover Image
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A moving personal account by one of the first Tuskegee airmen which illustrates the period of racial integration in American military and civilian life

A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying School and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden presents a fast-paced, balanced, and personal account of what it was like to prepare for a career traditionally closed to African Americans, how he coped with the frustrations and dangers of combat, and how he, along with many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a magnificent war record.

Under the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee airmen fought over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, escorting American bomber crews who respected their "no-losses" record. Some were shot down, many of them were killed or captured by the enemy, and several won medals of valor and honor. But the airmen still faced great barriers of racial prejudice in the armed forces and at home. As a member of that elite group of young pilots who fought for their country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent story that will touch each and every reader.


About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Dryden is retired from the U.S. Air Force following 20 years of service with action during World War II and the Korean War. He holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Hofstra University.

Lieutenant General Benjamin O. Davis Jr.  is retired from the U.S. Air Force and is author of American: An Autobiography.

Praise For…

“Through the eyes of an original Tuskegee airman, the reader catches glimpses of two wars, three continents, and twenty years of military service. . . . [An] honest portrayal that will enlighten young and old, civilian and military, historians and laymen.” —Military History of the West 

“Dryden is the archetype of both the first mainstream generation of black officers, and of the career reservists who were a mainstay of America’s armed forces during the first years of the Cold War.” —Multicultural Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780817312664
ISBN-10: 0817312668
Publisher: University Alabama Press
Publication Date: June 25th, 2002
Pages: 440
Language: English
Series: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman