On 22 March 1941, the pioneering and highly decorated WWII African-American aviator unit gained their name during training at the US Army airfield near Tuskegee, AL, and at the Tuskegee Institute. They were activated as the 99th Pursuit Squadron and later formed the 332nd Fighter Group (with the 100th, 301st and 302nd squadrons); 992 black pilots emerged from training to fly P-39, P-40, P-47 and P-51 aircraft in more than 15,000 sorties in North Africa, Sicily and Europe. On escort missions, they were the only unit that never lost a US bomber. They shot down 111 enemy planes and destroyed 273 planes on the ground. Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr— later the US Air Force’s first black general— was their commander. When President Harry Truman integrated the US military, the all-black group was deactivated.
Today is Sunday 22 March 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:
Items of Note
- Happy blogiversary to Jenealogy (started 22 March 2010), Roots (started 22 March 2009), and Who Knew? (started 22 March 2011).
- Today: First Laser Patented – 55th Anniversary, National Goof Off Day, and Tuskegee Airmen Activated – Anniversary.
Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month
Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.
March 22 — If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?