The Tuskegee Airmen are a unique group of veterans who overcame racial discrimination and segregation within the US Armed Forces, and became one of the most successful aviation groups in Europe during WWII. It is the Wish of a Lifetime for four Airmen from Dallas, TX to return to Moton Field in Tuskegee, AL where their military training began.
These four Airmen have not had the opportunity to return to Moton Field since they conclusion on their service after WWII. Until the formation of the Tuskegee Airmen there were no African-American military aviators. Jim Crow laws still plagued many states making it difficult for African-American men to enlist and serve the USA during WWII. Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama is where their journey from recruits – of a program designed to fail – to decorated airmen first began. They have heard the emotional stories of other airmen who had the privilege to visit Moton Field, now a national historic site, and hope to one day follow in their footsteps. In doing so they seek to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all their fellow Airmen.
Each of the four Airmen has a unique service record.
Flight Officer Robert T. McDaniel was member of the 447th Bombardment Group and was involved in “The Freeman Field Officer Club Incident” which eventually led to the integration of all officer’s clubs and other military facilities previously off-limits to Black officers.
Captain Claude Platte was a primary flight instructor of some of the most decorated Tuskegee Airman and who trained over 300 pilots to fly PT-13’s, PT-17’s and PT-19’s. He was the first Black officer to be trained and commissioned at the Air Force Pilot Training Program at Randolph Air Force Base.
Staff Sergeant Homer Hogues worked as a Mechanic earning military badges in Airplane and Engine Mechanics. He was invited to participate in the Presidential Inaugural Parade of President Harry S. Truman.
Lieutenant Calvin J. Spann was a P-47 pilot, he was a member of the 100th Fighter Squadron and flew 26 combat missions directly under the command of the legendary Benjamin O. Davis, before completing his tour in Italy. There is no better way to commemorate that service than by sending them back to where it all began.
On Saturday September 15th, Wish of a Lifetime will be sending out all 4 Airmen along with family and friends to Moton Field Historical Site where they will enjoy a private tour of the facilities. The group has been waiting years for this opportunity and Saturday cannot get here soon enough. The Airmen will be accompanied by their wives and close friends of their Tuskegee Airmen Chapter in Dallas, TX. They will be staying in town for 2 nights as they revisit the facilities were their amazing journeys began.