A-train : memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

A-train : memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

Dryden, Charles W. (Charles Walter)


Publication Information
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1997.

Physical Description
xviii, 421 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Reading Level
1200 L Lexile

Personal Subject
Dryden, Charles W. (Charles Walter)

Corporate Subject
United States. Air Force -- African Americans -- History.
United States. Army Air Forces -- Biography.

Subject Term
Air pilots, Military -- United States -- History.
Air pilots, Military -- Alabama -- Tuskegee -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
African American air pilots -- Biography.

Geographic Term
Tuskegee Army Air Field (Ala.)

A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School and served as a pilot in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden has prepared an honest, fast-paced, balanced, vividly written, and very personal account of what it was like to be a black soldier, and specifically a pilot, during World War II and the Korean War. Colonel Dryden's book commands our attention because it is a balanced account by an insightful man who enlisted in a segregated army and retired from an integrated air force. Dryden's account is poignant in illuminating the hurt inflicted by racism on even the most successful black people. As a member of that elite group of those young pilots who fought for their country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent memoir of the experiences he has shared and the changes he has witnessed.

LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)Book940.544973 DRY11Nonfiction Collection