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Home of the Red Tails from June 44 to May 45, Ramitelli Airfield 25Feb45.


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A current view of the site where Ramitelli Airfield was located. If you look closley you can see portions of where the PSP runway and taxiways where.


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"Jet Killer" 1st Lt. Roscoe C. Brown 100th FS.
Credited with 1-ME-262 on 24Mar45 and 1-FW-190 on 31Mar45.


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Major General Twining is seen awarding 2nd Lt. John L. Whitehead, aka "Mr. Death" 301st FS the Air Medal in April 1945.


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Capt. Edward Thomas 99th FS with Bill Campbells P-51D, A3 5, nicknamed Meatball Rap II


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Capt. Edward Thomas DFC 99th FS


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A takeoff mishap at Ramitelli 7Mar45 resulting in the death of F/O Thomas L. Hawkins


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100th FS flightline August 1945. Note: My uncle Sgt. Clarence Huntley was that Asst Crew Chief on P-51C #1


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99th FS flightline.


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Lt. Albert "Bootsy" Manning, 99th FS is seen taking off from Ramitelli in his P-51B nicknamed Al Max II


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Represenatives from each of the 4 Fighter Groups assigned to the 306th Fighter Wing. 1st Lt. Roscoe C. Brown is piloting P-51D #7.


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Magor George S. Roberts is seen with a unidentified passenger in the 332nd FG's piggyback mustang.
The ship was a old war-weary D model. Note that all of the guns have been removed.


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Another nice set.
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Serious Hero's ... source Library of Congress archives

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Tuskegee airman Edward C. Gleed of Lawrence, KS, Class 42-K, Group Operations Officer. Includes P-5/D in background, "Creamer's Dream," generally flown by Charles L. White, St. Louis, MO, Class 44-C. Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. (Source: Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group pilots.)

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(left) Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Commanding Officer, 332nd Fighter Group, Class 42-C; (right) Edward C. Gleed, Lawrence, KS, Class 42-K, Group Operations Officer. P-5/D in background, "Creamer's Dream," generally flown by Charles L. White, St. Louis MO, Class 44-C Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. (Source: Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group pilots.)

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three Tuskegee airmen looking skyward, Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945

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Tuskegee airman Edward C. Gleed, Lawrence, KS, Class 42-K, with two unidentified crewmen adjusting an external seventy-five gallon drop takn on the wing of a P-5/D, "Creamer's Dream." Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945.

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left to right, Marcellus G. Smith, Louisville, Kentucky, and Roscoe C. Brown, New York, NY Class 44-C. P-SC#11, "Tootsie," in background was assigned to Lowell Steward. Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. (Source: Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group pilots.)

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crew chief Marcellus G. Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, 100th F.S., working on an airplane. (Source: Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group pilots.)

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Col. Benjamin O. Davis presenting war bond for best kept A/C. Left to right: Crew chief Marcellus G. Smith, Louisville, KY, 100th F.S.; James A. Walker, Manning, SC, 43-E; unknown airman; George S. "Spanky" Roberts; and Davis.

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standing, Woodrow W. Crockett, seated, Edward C. Gleed, Lawrence, KS, Class 42-K, Group Operations Officer. Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945.

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several Tuskegee airmen attending a briefing. First row: 1. Hiram E. Mann, Cleveland, OH, Class 44-F; 2. Unidentified; 3. Newman C. Golden, Cincinnati, OH, 44-G; 4. Bertram W. Wilson, Jr., Brooklyn, NY, 44-E; 5. Samuel W. Watts, Jr., New York, NY, 44-E. Second row: 6. Armour G. McDemoe, Martinsville, VA, 43-A; 7. Howard C. Gamble, Charles Town, WV, 43-K; 8. Harr;y T. Steward, Jr. Corona, NY, 44-F; 9. Earle R. Lane, Wickliffe, OH, 44-D; 10. Wyrain T. Shell, Brooklyn, NY, 44-F?; 11. Harold M. Morris, Seattle, WA, 44-D; 12. John E. Edwards, Steubenville, OH, 44-C; 13. John H. Porter, Cleveland, OH, 44-C; 14. James H. Fischer?, Stoughton, MA44-G; 15. Wyrain T. Shell, Brooklyn, NY, 44-F?; Third row: 16. William E. "Porky" Rice?, Swarthmore, PA, 44-G; 17. Tony Weaver?; 18. Charles L. White?, St. Louis, MO, 44-C; 19. George Arnold Lynch, Valley Stream, NY, 44-F; 20. Samuel L. Washington, Cleveland, OH, 44-F; 21. Calvin J. Spann, Rutherford, NJ, 44-G; 22. Frank N. Wright, Elmsford, NY, 44-F. At Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945.

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Tuskegee airmen leaving the parachute room. Left to right: Richard S. "Rip" Harder, Brooklyn, NY, Class 44-B; unidentified airman; Thurston L. Gaines, Jr., Freeport, NY, Class 44-G; Newman C. Golden, Cincinnati, OH, Class 44-G; Wendell M. Lucas, Fairmont Heights, MD, Class 44-E. Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945.

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Tuskegee airman Edward M. Thomas of Chicago, IL, Class 43-J. Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945.

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pilot from the 332nd Fighter Group signing the Form One Book, indicating any discrepancies of aircraft, prior to take off. (Source: Woodrow W. Crockett, 332nd Fighter Group pilot, Tuskegee Airmen.)

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Theodore G. Lumpkin, Jr. Standing (left to right): Joseph L. "Joe" Chineworth, Memphis, TN, Class 44-E; Robert C. Robinson, Asheville, NC, Class 44-G; Driskell B. Ponder, Chicago, IL, Class 43-I; Robert W. Williams, Ottumwa, IA, Class 44-E. Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. (Source: Photographer's notes and Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group pilots.)

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goats on a runway, with airplanes in the background, in Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945

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Deputy Group Commander George S. "Spanky" Roberts with photographer Toni Frissell, at Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. Frissell wrote "Just before take off in stripped down mustang--no guns--for rendezvous with the fighter pilots." Aircraft is a P-5/D, number 37, with three German crosses in front of the number. It was named "Marcelle" and was assigned to Group Headquarters. It is shown configured for "Piggyback."

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Sgt. William P. Bostic, 301st F.S. in control tower. Control tower directed traffic with red, amber, and green lights and a flare gun to indicate special situations. Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945.

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