On March 24, 1945, Tuskegee Airmen from the 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, were flying escort for a large bomber mission against a German Tank factory when they mission came under attack by four of the German’s newest fighters, the ME-262.
This was no ordinary fighter, these were the first jet fighters to ever fly in combat.
The “Red Tails” of the 302nd fighter squadron had been flying escort for the bomber group for some time and were expecting to be replaced by another escort squadron from the 332nd Fighter Group. But before that happened they spotted contrails in the sky heading their way. The Tuskegee Airmen knew what they were and prepared to defend their bombers.
This video by the History Channel gives detailed visual simulations of what happened next, along with videos of the Tuskegee Airmen who were involved in that air battle that day. No other fighter pilots had encountered these German fighter jets up to that point.
Those German ME-262s were fast, but may not have been as maneuverable. You will see how the Tuskegee Airmen of the 302nd Fighter Squadron became the first to go up against these new, menacing and fast German Fighters, but they were the ones who “drew first blood” against that new technology. You will get a very clear insight into how good those Tuskegee Airmen were as fighter pilots in this excellent video simulation.
They flew with instinct, skill, and courageous abandon.
Now you will know why the Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tails” were so valued by the pilots of those B-17 bombers. This is awesome piloting and an example of the bravery and skill that earned them the praise of being among the best fighter squadrons in the war.
The Veterans Site honors the Tuskegee Airmen for their daring exploits as some of America’s best fighter pilots. They fought battles in the airspace over Europe against Germany’s best pilots and machines with incredible courage, skill and success. But they also fought searing battles against the racial discrimination that existed in the American nation and in the Armed Forces during that time of our history. They lived up to their motto, “Spit Fire,” every day.
God bless the Tuskegee Airmen.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.