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Do you have Tuskegee Airmen artifacts? The CAF Red Tail Squadron wants to talk to you!

The CAF Red Tail Squadron needs the help of our fellow CAF units. We are looking for artifacts, mementos and memorials of the Tuskegee Airmen!

We hope to create a virtual showcase of these personal items to further humanize the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen which will help people better relate to them and learn more about these important Americans. World War II may be slipping farther into the past, but, as we all know, the lessons to be learned from the Tuskegee Airmen are TIMELESS!

Here's what we need from you. If you have any artifacts (items from a uniform, log books, notes, medals, anything physical that belonged to an original Tuskegee Airmen) or know of any memorials, please get in touch with us. We will collect a photo and information from you that will be used to launch this new project and help make it a success.

Do you have any artifacts or know someone who does? Or are there any at your local air museum? Give us a call or email!

Reach out to darcydcastro@redtail.org or (203) 297-4994. Don't wait! We need your help now!

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Learn more at www.redtail.org.


BenchArtifact:

Memorial bench in honor of Tuskegee Airman John Leahr and B-17 pilot Herbert Heilbrun

Submitted by:

Jacqueline Covington, CAF Red Tail Squadron Ambassador

Location:

North Avondale Montessori School

Cincinnati, Ohio

About:

In May 2017, a memorial bench was dedicated in honor of the courage of two World War II combat veterans, and their very special connection. 1st Lt John H. Leahr, a Tuskegee Airman who flew the iconic P-51C Mustang, and 1st Lt Herbert M. Heilbrun, B-17 bomber pilot, were students at North Avondale Elementary School in 1928. However, because of racial issues and divisions in America, they never got to be friends.

When they met again later in life and compared their logbooks, they discovered that Leahr had escorted Heilbrun on two separate occasions, most notable on the occasion when Heilbrun’s B-17 had been hit and Leahr escorted him safely back to his base.

They became close friends and enjoyed telling stories of their military experiences. For years they spoke to many audiences, sharing their unique friendship with people of all ages. They were even the subject of a book Black and White Airmen: Their True History.


journalArtifact: Pages from POW journal

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman, Lt Col, USAF, Ret.

Location: Port Clinton, OH

About: During the time that Col. Harold Brown was a POW, he kept a journal of his experiences. The first page indicates that he bailed out of his airplane, a P-51C, over the Alps on March 14, 1945. He was interned for a short time at a camp near Nuremberg. He and literally thousands of other POWs then began a forced march to Moosburg, as the Allied Forces drew ever closer. They arrived at Moosburg around April 18. The journal indicates cities they walked through and when they received Red Cross packages. The other three pages indicate the foods that Brown dreamt of eating when he got home. Hunger was the one constant in the minds of the men as they made the nearly two-week trek to Moosburg.

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