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    But my father often told me that even after the fighter pilots proved they could fly, the Army Air Corps refused to allow them to be bombers because they said that they would never be able to master the math involved in using the bomb site and calculating when to release the bombs.

    As far as I know toward the end of the war they began training black bombers but never used them.

    Keep in mind that the 332nd only became fully operational in Italy and engaged  in the German bombing campaign around the time of the Normandy invasion, summer of 1944.  In 12 months the war was over.

    •  They definitely trained them. My FIL, who... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...was by 1945 a major said that only he and three other white officers showed any enthusiasm for their teaching tasks. He was no liberal, but he believed, so he said more than 50 years later, that these pilots were every bit as good as their white counterparts.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 03:58:48 PM PST

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