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jensenpark
09-02-2004, 03:08 PM
don't know if this was posted this week, but found this sad news in today's paper and thought it should be shared:


Black pilot was 'Tuskegee Airman'

Columbus, Miss. -- Alva Temple, one of the "Tuskegee Airmen" who became the first black military pilots in United States history, died Saturday at his home in Columbus. He was 87.

On July 19, 1941, the U.S. Army Air Force began a program to train black military pilots and Mr. Temple was among them. The 992 pilots who emerged became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. About 450 were sent overseas on combat assignments and 150 were killed in training or in combat.

Mr. Temple gained his wings in 1943, completed 120 missions and remained in the Air Force for 20 years. He retired in 1962 to run a gas station in Columbus. AP

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jensenpark
09-02-2004, 03:08 PM
don't know if this was posted this week, but found this sad news in today's paper and thought it should be shared:


Black pilot was 'Tuskegee Airman'

Columbus, Miss. -- Alva Temple, one of the "Tuskegee Airmen" who became the first black military pilots in United States history, died Saturday at his home in Columbus. He was 87.

On July 19, 1941, the U.S. Army Air Force began a program to train black military pilots and Mr. Temple was among them. The 992 pilots who emerged became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. About 450 were sent overseas on combat assignments and 150 were killed in training or in combat.

Mr. Temple gained his wings in 1943, completed 120 missions and remained in the Air Force for 20 years. He retired in 1962 to run a gas station in Columbus. AP

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Buzz Beurling flying his last sortie over Malta, Oct.24, 1942

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VMF513_Sandman
09-02-2004, 03:14 PM
i posted that this morning. kinda sucks when a man manages to survive being shot at by 109/190 and 88mm, but no1 can evade the grim reaper. sooner or later, it'll find all of us.

Red_Russian13
09-02-2004, 03:33 PM
Salute to another brave man.

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Hawggy
09-02-2004, 03:35 PM
I pay great homage to this man, and the others of the Tuskegee Airmen. I fly in memory of their glory. What an honor it must have been, to fight for this beautiful country.

Be easy Mr. Temple... You will be missed, and never forgotten.

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VMF513_Sandman
09-02-2004, 03:56 PM
the tuskegee's fought more than the german's. they had to fight their own country. the mindset at the time was that a black man wasnt capable of flying a fighter successfully. it was an extremely racist mindset back then. all the tuskegee's should have gotten a silver star. they had to fight nazi's to the death and their own country to prove they were 'worthy'...they went above and beyond. how many now would be willing to go thru what those pilots did. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

XyZspineZyX
09-02-2004, 04:03 PM
S!

Another proud eagle passes from this mortal coil!!

The ranks get thinner each day, it seems. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

UCLANUPE
09-02-2004, 04:20 PM
Paying respect to the fallen heroes that paved the way for so many in successive generations. The struggle goes on. S!

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GR142_Astro
09-02-2004, 04:28 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VMF513_Sandman:
the tuskegee's fought more than the german's. they had to fight their own country. the mindset at the time was that a black man wasnt capable of flying a fighter successfully. it was an extremely racist mindset back then. all the tuskegee's should have gotten a silver star. they had to fight nazi's to the death and their own country to prove they were 'worthy'...they went above and beyond. how many now would be willing to go thru what those pilots did. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

A bothersome and embarassing part of US history. For a glimpse of this, check out "Hart's War," you'll be surprised. One brief scene of a Mustang and 109 dogfighting at 100ft over a Stalag. If this ever happened in RL, it must have been surreal for POWs and their captors to be an audience to this. In the movie the Mustang pilot was portrayed as a Tuskegee man and the white POWs unknowingly cheered him on. Stark example of how stupid racism is.

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VMF513_Sandman
09-02-2004, 05:21 PM
maybe we should get a section of 51's in tuskegee color's and do a missing man

Flyby_99
09-02-2004, 05:35 PM
One of my friend's dad is a Tuskegee pliot. He's now 84, and enjoying good health and still drives like a bat out of ****! His name is John Leahr. It's of note that just a few years ago he met a B17 pilot who attended a Tuskegee function because he wanted to thank them personally. As fate would have it, they compared pilots logs and found that they were on several missions together. Further checking and they discovered that they had attended elementary school together (there is a class picture to prove it). All this in my town of Cincinnati Ohio. They are friends now, and often dine together, plus they visit schools and speak of their amazing story of coincidence, and their war stories.
I recall Mr. Leahr's excitement as he told me the story of having seen the ME262 in the air, and how he was supposed to keep it's existence secret when he returned home. He flew 150 missions during the war.
I am grateful to know him.
Flyby out

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-HH- Beebop
09-02-2004, 05:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VMF513_Sandman:
the tuskegee's fought more than the german's. they had to fight their own country. the mindset at the time was that a black man wasnt capable of flying a fighter successfully. it was an extremely racist mindset back then. all the tuskegee's should have gotten a silver star. they had to fight nazi's to the death and their own country to prove they were 'worthy'...they went above and beyond. how many now would be willing to go thru what those pilots did. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

For the additional burden of racism placed on their shoulders by an ignorant American society they should have all recieved the Medal of Honor.

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Jambock__01
09-02-2004, 05:53 PM
My respectful SALUT for a true hero!

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VMF513_Sandman
09-02-2004, 08:10 PM
i have heard there is 2 surviving tuskegee pilots in the cleveland ohio area...wonder how they would like how their planes have been painted by some of the guys on here

chris455
09-02-2004, 08:58 PM
May he dwell in Valhalla. Well Done Tuskegee Airman!

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Dammerung
09-02-2004, 09:04 PM
Now he gets to fly escort for eternity... with the rest of his Comrades, black or white...

Oh, there are no fighter pilots down in hell...
Oh, there are no fighter pilots down in hell...
The whole damn place is full of queers, navigators, and bombadiers...
Oh, there are no fighter pilots down in hell...

Bearcat99
09-02-2004, 09:35 PM
Hey Fly I remember that story. Thats one of the things I love about my home. In spite of its past mistakes it moves forward ever forward. Things are not as good as they could be but better today than yesterday. When Lee Archer was asked why did he fight for a country that lynched his people he said "This is our contry too!! You could see that Hitler was up to no good. We have problens sure but this is my home." I can imagine that many soldiers in many many wars have fought,killed and sometimes died for the same reason... even if thier government was wrong ... as the case with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

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Udidtoo
09-02-2004, 10:14 PM
So sad to see their ranks thinned yet again.

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Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking."

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MosDef_99th
09-02-2004, 10:31 PM
Salute! Rest in peace.

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ThreeCrow
09-02-2004, 10:34 PM
He couldn't be served in some segragated officer's clubs after the war..... but I would share beer with him anyday.

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GAU-8
09-03-2004, 02:06 AM
i havent met any yet http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif. its always been one of those small childhood dreams, the one that nowadays has faded because of growing up, but the heart felt initial feeling is still there... i can only meet so many now.. minus one today.

but one day.. I will meet ALL of them...one day

GODSPEED.
defending us, even in our own darker times, you found reasons to stand up, take pride, and fight, ALL sides, and fronts. how can we possibly pay you back?what can i do?..you will know it is me when i shake your hands... i will be the one who bursts into tears...how can i say "THANK YOU...." you may say your NOT heros..you were just doing your best, or your job...but your heros to me..

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p1ngu666
09-03-2004, 02:28 AM
RIP
the legend will live on forever
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LBR_Barkhorn
09-03-2004, 11:01 AM
We, the LBR squadron, would like to salute this real hero!!! He passed away, but he will saty with us forever.

Salute!!!

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wayno7777
09-03-2004, 12:25 PM
Godspeed Mr. Temple. SALUTE! ~S~

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