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DVD Number: 1
Slide Number: 00018
Image Location: 58 1
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Plane Type: P-51D
Picture Type: AC parked
Info on Slide: Nov 1944 Naples Italy (MBC005)
Unit Info: 332ndFG 301stFS
Description: A red-tailed P-51D of the all-black 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group in November 1944. though segregated from their fellow fighter pilots and often subjected to biased criticism, as 332nd pilot Louis R. Purnell recalled, "When you fly, nothing else matters. I could have been flying for the devil and it wouldn't have mattered." Not one bomber was lost in the time the 332nd provided escort for the Fifteenth Air Force's bomb groups. Red-tail--the Tuskegee airmen. ** See note below.
Photographer: Bamberger, F
Book: FC 41
Nationality: American
Location: Naples, Italy
Year: 1944
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Image Path: /Galley 1
Record Notes:

07/16/2015 6:06 am
Unfortunately source material from the USAF archives has long ago dispelled the myth of never having lost a bomber under escort of the 332nd. They did a good job but the fact remains that bombers were lost while the 332nd was escorting 15th AF bomb groups.