332nd Fighter Group
Tuskegee Airmen
World War II
332nd Fighter Group:  Pilots attend briefing in Ramitelli, Italy, 1945.
On far right is Walter M. Downs of New Orleans.
332nd Fighter Group:  Officers Club, Ramitelli,
Italy, 1945.
332nd Fighter Group, pilots attend briefing, Ramitelli, Italy, 1945.
332nd Fighter Group, pilots, Ramitelli, Italy, 1945.
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The 332nd Fighter Group was a unit of the Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces
based in Italy in World War II.  It was composed of African-American pilots and
ground support personnel trained at Tuskegee, AL and the members of the
group became collectively known as the Tuskegee Airmen.  The standards to
become a member of this group were set higher than they were for white
applicants, however, many Tuskegee applicants surpassed even those
higher requirements and they served in action with distinction.  If you know
of any members of this group who were from New Orleans, other than Walter
Downs (below), I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know.