Mims in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
99th Fighter Squadron
Harry t. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park
The 99th Flying Training Squadron flies Raytheon T-1 Jayhawks and they painted the tops of the tails of their aircraft red, in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen the “Red Tails”. The 99th Flying Training Squadron is part of the 12th Flying Training Wing based at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. It operates T-1 Jayhawk aircraft conducting flight training. The squadron was formed during World War II as the first flying unit for African Americans known as the Tuskegee Airmen the unit served with distinction in the European Theater of Operations. Following the war it served as a flight training unit for four years in the 1940s until its deactivation. The 99th supported Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy and provided close air support to the U.S. 5th Army during its assaults on Foggia and Anzio and for French and Polish armies in their attack on Monastery Hill near Monte Cassino.
On January 27 and 28, 1944, Luftwaffe Fw 190 fighter-bombers raided Anzio, where the Allies had conducted amphibious landings on January 22. Attached to the 79th Fighter Group, eleven of the 99th Fighter Squadron’s pilots shot down enemy fighters, including Captain
The squadron earned its second Distinguished Unit Citation on May 12-14, 1944, while attached to the 324th Fighter Group, attacking German positions on Monastery Hill, attacking infantry massing on the hill for a counterattack, and bombing a nearby strong point to force the surrender of the German garrison to Moroccan Goumiers. In mid-1944 the squadron was assigned to conduct bomber escort missions. Following the war the squadron returned to the United States where it flew training missions under the command of Marion Rodgers until its inactivation in 1949. It was reactivated in 1988 as a flying training unit. With the closure of Williams Air F9rce Base, Arizona, the squadron moved to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Today it operates Raytheon T-1 Jayhawk aircraft preparing pilots to operate air refueling, airlift, and bomber aircraft.
Erected by Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Air & Space • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is January 27, 1944.
Location. 28° 39.251′ N, 80° 50.785′ W. Marker is in Mims, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from Freedom Avenue, 0.3 miles south of Parker Street, on the right when traveling south. The marker stands within the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2180 Freedom Ave, Mims FL 32754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juneteenth (a few steps from this marker); Medgar Evers (a few steps from this marker); Virgil D. Hawkins – April 1949 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ocoee Race Riots - 1920 (within shouting distance of this marker); Thurgood Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); Emmet Till (within shouting distance of this marker); Mitchelville, South Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Eatonville (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mims.
Also see . . . 99th Flying Training Squadron. (Submitted on August 4, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
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