|Pages/Publication Date:||288 / 2019|
He had to sit in a segregated rail car on the journey to Army basic training in Mississippi in 1943, but two years later, the 20-year-old African American from New York was at the controls of a P-51, prowling for Luftwaffe aircraft at five thousand feet over the Austrian countryside. By the end of World War II, Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr. had become an American hero. This is the remarkable true story of one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen pilots who experienced air combat during World War II. In this inspiring history, Philip Handleman re-creates the harrowing action of Stewart's 43 combat missions, and also reveals the cruel injustices Stewart and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen faced during their wartime service and after returning home.