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Born to fly the skies

Steubenville brothers were Tuskegee airmen

February 23, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Two men who were born and raised in Steubenville and went on to become Tuskegee airmen in World War II were featured in a presentation Friday at Historic Fort Steuben as part of Black......

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Feb-23-13 1:27 AM

Greetings....I'm Ron Brewington, Tuskegee Airmen Historian...I noted an error in paragraph 11:

"(Ambrose) Boiling said of the 1,000 pilots who were Tuskegee Airmen, only about 500 saw action during the war."

In reality, 992 Tuskegee Airmen were fighter and bomber pilots. Of that number, 355 fighter pilots (known as "Red Tails") saw action overseas.

The bomber pilots, though thoroughly trained, never saw action. They were scheduled for combat in the Pacific Theater against the Japanese, but then-President Harry Truman ordered the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan, which ended WWII.

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