World War II History As
the son of a World War II veteran and nephew of another, I've had a
deep interest in the history of that war for as long as I can remember.
Here are some web pages and documents I have uploaded to the web over
the years:My dad an uncle both flew the B-24 - Daddy and Uncle Del.In
the fall of 1940 just prior to the presidential elections, President
Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that the Army Air Corps would begin
training Negroes as pilots and aircraft maintenance personnel. The
following spring the 99th Pursuit Squadron was activatedand training of
pilots began at Tuskegee, Alabama later that year. In early 1942 the
332nd Fighter Group activated. The 332nd moved to Italy in early 1944.
In the 1960s at the height of the Civil Rights Movement a number of
articles and books were published about the "Tuskeggee Airmen" which,
unfortunately, greatly exaggerated their record. Here is the real story
of the 332nd - 332nd Fighter Group.
more than half a century the report of the interrogations of the
Japanese generals responsibile for the defense of Kyushu, where the
Allied invasion was planned to take place, was classified Top Secret
and kept out of the public eye. The document was finally declassified
in 1999, but although it was initially made available to the public, it
no longer appears on government websites. Fortunately, I obtained a
copy and uploaded to the Net myself - www.sammcgowan.com/JapaneseGenerals.pdf.
is commonly believed that the Womens Air Force Service Pilots were
female military pilots who flew dangerous missions delivering combat
aircraft overseas. In reality, the WASP and the WAFS pilots who
proceeded them were civilians who were employed by the Army as civil
service workers and they never flew an overseas mission - WAFS and WASP.
While fighter pilots and bomber crews got the glory, U.S. Army troop carrier crews did the dirty work in all theaters of war - Troop Carriers.