Walterboro in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Tuskegee Airman of World War II
Because of their heroic action in combat they were called Schwartz Vogelmenschen, "Black Bird Men", by the Germans who both feared and respected them. White American bomber crews, in reverence, referred to them as the "Red Tailed Angels," because of their tail assemblies and because of their reputation for not losing any aircraft to enemy fighters as they provided fighter coverage for missions over strategic targets in Europe.
Location. 32° 54.995′ N, 80° 38.262′ W. Marker is in Walterboro, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on Aviation Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is about two miles NE of Walterboro, in the Airport Park off Rt US 17. Follow the Tuskegee Airman Memorial signs to the area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 537 Aviation Way, Walterboro SC 29488, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tuskegee Airmen (here, next to this marker); Walterboro Army Air Field (here, next to this marker); Prisoner Of War Camp and Camouflage School Walterboro Army Airfield (a few steps from this marker); The Beacon (a few steps from this marker); Anderson Field / Walterboro Army Air Field (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Walterboro Army Airfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walterboro.
Also see . . .
1. Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. “They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability.” (Submitted on September 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Nine myths about the TUSKEGEE AIRMEN,by Dr. Daniel L. Haulman. in light of the historical documentation available at the Air Force Historical Research Agency, and sources at the Air University Library, are not accurate. That documentation includes monthly histories of the 99th Fighter (Submitted on February 16, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Military • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,600 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.