Red Tail

A Tuskegee Airman’s Rendezvous with Destiny

by Capt. Robert L. Martin With Karen Patterson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/7/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781663257017
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781663257000

About the Book

When they were given the opportunity, finally, to prove themselves in the air and in battle, Black fighter pilots—the Tuskegee Airmen, or Red Tails, as they became known—turned in an unrivaled record of protection for bombers on their mission to stamp out Hitler's tyranny.

Robert L. Martin, an eager young man from mostly white Dubuque, Iowa, was thrust into a segregated unit in the hostile Deep South for his military flight training before deploying to Italy. Overseas, he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross early on for his bravery. On his 64th mission, he was shot down while strafing an airfield.

After parachuting from his burning plane, Martin spent five weeks behind enemy lines before being reunited with his squadron shortly before V-E Day. He earned a Purple Heart and an Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross. Yet, when he returned home, he found that nothing had changed in the racism he encountered, not even for a decorated combat veteran.

Told with honesty, humor, and tension-filled detail, Red Tail reveals how one man’s bravery and skill helped win the war and smash stereotypes.

About the Author

Capt. Robert L. Martin served in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II as one of the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen, who protected Allied bombers throughout Europe. After his distinguished military service, he lived in Chicago, where he was an electrical engineer. Throughout his life he modeled civic responsibility, maintaining an active interest in the world. He was an avid reader, earned certificates in computer programming, and began writing poetry in later years. He died at age 99. Karen Patterson studied English on a graduate level at DePaul University in Chicago. She is honored to have helped Capt. Robert L. Martin share his remarkable life story.