McKissack Book: Red-Tailed Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

May 6, 2009

Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War IIAward winning author Patricia McKissack has sound advice for would-be writers, particularly African Americans: “Today I would be appalled if a teacher told a child that he or she can’t make a living as a writer, because you can. It’s hard work, but you can make a living. And we need more black voices; we need different points of view.” (

Another book we’d like to feature in the McKissack book collection is Red-Tailed Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Co-authored with her husband and writing partner Fred, Pat tells the story of Tuskegee Airmen.

Product Description from Publishers Weekly:
The McKissacks (Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters) add to their distinguished explorations of African American history with a well-researched, informative look at the only all-black flying unit to serve in WWII. Established in 1941, the pilot-training program at Tuskegee, Ala., had been designed as an “experiment,” without full military support to ensure its success and with many officers predicting utter failure. Despite segregated facilities at the base, hostile reactions from the locals and other demoralizing conditions, the aviators trained at Tuskegee went on to fly hundreds of missions over North Africa and Europe. They were known as Red Tails for the designs on their planes; they earned the nickname Red-Tail Angels with their reputation for staying with the bomber planes they escorted. The pilots of the 332nd division, the McKissacks point out, never lost a bomber-a record unmatched by any other group in the Army Air Force. As the McKissacks outline the history of the squadron, they also tell the larger story of racial tension and bigotry in the U.S. Numerous photos, from both military archives and individual fliers, depict the pilots and their deeds. Ages 8-12. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WALKER AND COMPANY (Sep 17 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802782922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802782922

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