The United States entered World War II on December 8, 1941. It was the first war in which African Americans could fly plans in the U.S. military. They were known as the Tuskegee Airmen – officially known as the 332nd fighter group.
Although they faced severe discrimination in the country and mandates of the Jim Crow laws in the south, African Americans volunteered in large numbers to help fight in World War II. This segment from Iowa Public Television's “Iowa’s WWII Stories” offers students a historical overview of what it was like to serve in the war as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/1D0zw0V