Red tails chiefs.
I enjoyed reading Eric Ethier's article "Red Tails Chief," about Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., in the February 2012 issue of America in WWII. I did want to point out a couple of minor errors:
"Chief" Charles Anderson had been chief flight instructor of the Tuskegee Airmen only in the primary phase of their flight training, before they moved on to the basic and advanced flying training at Tuskegee Army Air Field. Lieutenant R.M. Long was the chief flight instructor of the first class of the Tuskegee Airmen, to which Benjamin O. Davis belonged, for the basic and advanced flying training at Tuskegee Army Air Field.
George "Spanky" Roberts not only followed Benjamin O. Davis as commander of the 99th Fighter Squadron, but also preceded him as commander of that squadron. Both men took turns commanding both the squadron and the group. The 99th Fighter Squadron of World War II is now the 99th Flying Training Squadron, and the 332d Fighter Group of World War II is now the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group.
DANIEL L. HAULMAN
chief, organizational history branch, Air Force Historical Research Agency
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|Author:||Haulman, Daniel L.|
|Publication:||America in WWII|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2012|
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