This 1944 photo shows pilots of a U.S. Army Air Forces fighter squadron, credited with shooting down 8 of the 28 German planes destroyed in dog-fights over the new Allied beachheads south of Rome talking over the day's exploits at a U.S. base in the Mediterranean theater. The Tuskegee Airmen became known for flying during World War II and becoming the United States' first African American military pilots.
Several original Tuskegee Airmen are in St. Louis for the 42nd annual Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated convention being held through Saturday. The pilots and ground crew were known for being trained in Tuskegee, Ala. and flying during World War II.
Lambert Airport is honoring African American pilots who broke color barriers in the sky with a re-dedication of its mural “Black Americans in Flight.”
Solomon Thurman, one of the mural's co-artists, said the five-panel mural depicts the aviation achievements of African Americans from WWI to the NASA shuttle mission.
"St. Louis is the only place where you can see an encapsulated story of the Tuskegee Airmen," he said. "There are many Tuskegee paintings around the country and perhaps around the world, but none tell the cohesive story."