"Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experience", the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
Tuskegee Emblem Officially Recognized
Thursday 22 August 2012
The Air Force has officially recognized the insignia of the 477th Bombardment Group, a Tuskegee Airmen unit that flew B-25s during World War II, according to officials from Air Force Reserve Command's 477th Fighter Group.
The fighter unit traces its heritage to the bombardment group. Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th Fighter Group commander, announced the news at the 41st Annual Tuskegee Airmen Convention that ran from July 31 to Aug. 3 in Las Vegas. He cited a July 17 letter from Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz that conveyed the news to the Tuskegee Airmen.
"The presentation of this patch is a long overdue recognition of the service and sacrifice of these great men" and "their rightful place in airpower history," said Radliff in an Aug. 2 release. During World War II, the Army Air Corps never recognized the emblem because it never declared the group mission-ready since the unit relocated several times, states the release.
The Air Force will now include the insignia in official heraldry records. (Las Vegas report by Capt. Ashley Connor)
NOTE: This info from airforce-magazine.com (on-line journal of the Air Force Assoc), 6 AUG 2012.