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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Tuskegee Airmen: 1945

Tuskegee Airmen: 1945

332nd Fighter Group airmen at a briefing in Ramitelli, Italy. March 1945. Foreground: Emile G. Clifton of San Francisco and Richard S. "Rip" Harder of Brooklyn. View full size.

Since they're in the Army Air Corps

or Army Air Forces (I never could remember the date the name changed), the color of their wings should be silver (not gold), both on their chests and their collars. This was true even before the Air Force became a separate branch with blue uniforms, which took place in 1947. (That one I do remember.)

 
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