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06-29-2007, 01:13 PM
Hi there,

I do apologise if this has been mentioned elsewhere. Just about to go and hit the town, and dont have time to check.

A mate has just text'd me to say there are Tuskagee vets at FL next week. A quick check of the various military galleries who pitch up at these events revealed that its Aces High that are hosting them.

This is what their website says :


We will be joined on our stand by FOUR pilots from one of the most successful US Fighter Units of WWII – the famous 332nd Fighter Group ˜The Fighting Red Tails'.
All will be happy to sign and personalise items for our customers:

LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM H. HOLLOMAN III - He flew P51's with 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group during 1945 and after World War II he flew P47 Thunderbolts with the 301st Fighter Squadron. During the Korean War was a Military Air Transport pilot picking up wounded soldiers for return to the US and became the first black helicopter pilot in the US Air Force. After leaving the Air Force he became an Airline Pilot with Pacific Western Airlines in Canada but was recalled to active duty in 1966, serving in Vietnam and later in Europe, later returning to Pacific Western.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALEXANDER JEFFERSON – he joined the 'Red Tail' 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy, flying long range escort missions for B17 and B24 bombers. On August 12, 1944, three days prior to the invasion of Southern France, he was shot down by ground fire while strafing coastal radar installations spending the rest of the war as a POW and was liberated by General Patton's 3rd Army. On his return to the USA he became an instrument instructor at Tuskegee Field. His decorations include the Purple Heart and Air Medal.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL GEORGE E. HARDY - After graduating from Tuskegee Army Air Field he joined the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy in 1945, and flew 21 Combat missions in the P51 Mustang on bomber escort duty and fighter sweeps. During Korea he flew 45 combat missions in the B29 and 70 combat missions in AC119K Gunships during the Vietnam War. His many decorations include the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal (Korea) with 7 OLC's and DFC (Vietnam) with 11 OLC's.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL LEO R. GRAY – Originally a replacement pilot he graduated in one of the final classes from Tuskegee and was immediately posted to fly in combat with the ˜Red Tails' in the 100th Fighter Squadron. Arriving in Ramitelli, Italy, on March 14, 1945 he very quickly had a close encounter with two Me262's while escorting home a damaged P38. Flying on long range escort missions with the P-51 he also flew P40's, P47's and P51's in combat and his decorations include the Air Medal with OLC and the Presidential Unit Citation."

Check http://www.aceshighgallery.co.uk/news

I know there are some real Red Tails enthusiasts here, though I forget who (Worf et al????)

On a side note, the same news page at Aces says their ground floor was flooded! There is some cool stuff kicking around on display on their ground floor. Like the supercharger intake that props one of the doors open for example. I hope its all ok!

Hope thats of use to someone anyway.


06-29-2007, 01:27 PM
Awesome!...wish i could make it!!

06-29-2007, 02:04 PM
Excellent! I will be there both days,so will try to get some pics!

06-29-2007, 02:06 PM
Just been reading the Osprey book on the 332nd.
Heroes all beyond a shadow of a doubt, Doubly so given the hurdles they faced just getting into combat.

Superlative combat record, and the praise and respect of the bomber crews they escorted. And managing to do so with one of the coolest paint jobs of the war. So simple, yet so nice.

06-29-2007, 02:20 PM
Man that would be cool to meet the men of the real 332nd, I wish I could attend.

06-29-2007, 03:54 PM
Leo is up here often. He told me a story once about how he was showboating over the field and had forgotten to switch his tanks... His engine almost cut off on him in mid flight.. he never did that again.... Quite a Character.. I made a skin of his plane.. Little Florence.

06-29-2007, 05:29 PM
I meet them all at a airshow in South Carolina. Those guys are a real class act. I ask one of them why they hang so tight with the bombers and he replied, when they flew by the bombers the knew that each of the men in the bombers would one day have grand children.
It was a reunion. Mechanics and all.