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By Charles W. Dryden

A-Train is the tale of 1 of the black americans who, in the course of global warfare II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying college and served as a pilot within the military Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden offers a fast moving, balanced, and private account of what it was once prefer to arrange for a profession generally closed to African american citizens, how he coped with the frustrations and risks of wrestle, and the way he, besides many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with an impressive battle list. lower than the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee airmen fought over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, escorting American bomber crews who revered their "no-losses" list. a few have been shot down, lots of them have been killed or captured by means of the enemy, and a number of other gained medals of valor and honor. however the airmen nonetheless confronted nice limitations of racial prejudice within the defense force and at domestic. As a member of that elite team of younger pilots who fought for his or her kingdom out of the country whereas being denied civil liberties at domestic, Dryden provides an eloquent tale that may contact each reader. 

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But with God's help I made it across. While wolfing down what looked like two hot dogs (although I had ordered only one), I was thinking how blessed I was to have been born to strong, healthy parents who had fed me the proper foods, insisted on my getting an education, and were, themselves, models of decent God-fearing people. Mother: gentle, patient, gracious. Dad: stern but reasonableand multitalented. He could fix anything. I remembered the time when I was about ten years old and my dreams of flying almost came crashing down.

Young man," she said, grabbing me by the ear, "this will help you remember next time you are told to do something for your Page 11 schoolwork. " I got the point. Education was high on the list of priorities when I was growing up. With that kind of prompting at home to excel, my teachers had no trouble with me. The truth is I really enjoyed school. It was a case of the appetite growing with the eating. Hard work with studies brought good grades, good grades brought rewards, rewards encouraged hard work, and so on.

Then why buzz? Why defy the rules? Why risk the loss of my flying career? ("A fate worse than death," I thought. ") The questions flashed through my mind and, as many persons facing death have testified, my whole life passed in review, as if to provide answers. Page 7 3 The Fledgling � 19201941 "Air'pwane! " That is what "Sister Vie" used to tell me about my early yearning for the sky. To me she was "Mom," the gentlest, most devout, loving mother anywhere, ever. Christened Violet Adina Buckley, her middle name should have been Patience.

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