'Button Up Time' illustration   Save
Bernard S. Proctor Collection
Description: Illustration of the 302nd squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen 332nd fighter group, Spit Fire, by A. Ric Druet. This print is autographed by A. Ric Druet and several Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots in the armed forces of the United States. The squadron was formed in 1941 and based in Tuskegee, Alabama. Print 33 of 1500 ALTERNATE TEXT: Three airplanes sit on a runway at a military base. There is one plane in the air, which is blue with large clouds. The planes all have red noses and tails, with silver bodies. The closest plane is the "Ina the Macon Belle", and it has a pilot inside and a mechanic on the wing. The second plane, "Alice-Jo", also has a pilot in the cockpit and mechanic on the wing. The last plane grounded is "Lucifer" and has the mechanic on the ground and a mechanic looking at the nose. Three men stand to the left next to a Jeep-like Humvee vehicle, marked 219321. Two men are further to the left with the furthest man in a brown leather jacket. Another Humvee sits further up the runway, in front of the last plane. A tent is behind that Humvee. The bottom of the image has signatures with an image of a red flying devil wielding a pitch fork. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: NAM_MSS_6_B11F2_01
Subjects: African American soldiers; African American men; African American Ohioans; Air pilots; Airplanes; Tuskegee Airmen; United States. Air Force.; World War II
Places: Bernard S. Proctor Collection