A Look At The Tuskegee Airmen Nationally and Locally
During World War II, the 332nd fighter group served as escorts to Allied bombers on missions over Germany. Their reputation for success was so well-known; bomber pilots would request them as escorts for missions. Of the 450 pilots who served in the European theater, 68 were killed or missing in action. But there was another reason the pilots of the 332nd fighter group were famous – they were all African American. Known as the “Tuskegee Airmen” for the location of their training base, they served with distinction receiving 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Legion of Merit, a Red Star of Yugoslavia, eight Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, 14 Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals, three Presidential Unit Citations, and a long delayed Medal of Honor, awarded in 2007. Of the 450 pilots, 16 hailed from Nebraska. Join Eric Ewing, Executive Director of the Great Plains Black History Museum, to a look at how the Tuskegee Airmen, and women, served their country with honor, courage and commitment and discover how their accomplishments in the air and on the ground helped America win World War II.
Eric Ewing currently serves as Executive Director of the Great Plains Black History Museum. Ewing also serves on the Board of Directors for 100 Black Men of Omaha and is co-chair for their Annual African American History Challenge, is Board Secretary for the Child Saving Institute, is Board Treasurer for the Stephen Center, and is on the Advisory Committee for Men Against Domestic Violence, and the Policy Council for the Early Learning Center at Skinner. Retired from United States Navy where he worked in the Healthcare field, Eric has earned his two undergraduate degrees, two graduate degrees, two graduate certifications, and is currently working on his PhD, in Post-Secondary Education from Capella University. A native of North Omaha, Ewing is married, with three successful adult children and three grandchildren.