Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
They Accepted the Challenge
Dedicated in their memory, 10 November 1995.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Air & Space • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Heroes • Military • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list.
Location. 38° 52.627′ N, 77° 4.471′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is located off Farragut Drive in Cemetery Section 46. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 94th Infantry Division (here, next to this marker); Exercise Tiger Memorial (a few steps from this marker); U. S. Army Reserves (a few steps from this marker); Merrill's Marauders (within shouting Canadian Cross of Sacrifice (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing Craft Support Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnamese Rangers and Their American Ranger Advisors (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. War Correspondent (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Tuskegee Airmen. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. The Tuskegee Airmen. "...The Red Tails were always out there where we wanted them to be ... We had no idea they were Black; it was the Army's best kept secret." (Submitted on September 18, 2008.)
1. Air Force Report Contradicts the Legend
Since this marker was placed, records have come to light refuting the 332nd Fighter Group's standing as the only group never to have lost a bomber to enemy fighters. The Tuskegee Airmen's record was in fact comparable to the typical, all-White USAAF fighter groups with a number of bombers under their protection having been lost to enemy fighter aircraft.
— Submitted September 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Additional keywords. 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron, 477th Composite Group, The Redtails, USAAF, first Black fighter pilots.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,003 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on November 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on January 5, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.