Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.


Bomber Crew Escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen Visits Tuskegee

REFERENCE: Guy Rhodes, Editor, The Tuskegee News - Volume 133, Number 42 - Thursday, October 16, 1997 - Tuskegee, Alabama.

For the first time, a bomber crew ecsorted by the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II visited Tuskegee on October 14 thru 17, 1997 as a gesture of thanks.

Five members of the 15th Air Force B-24 Crew 396 were in Tuskegee to mark their seventh annual meeting. They included Mike Preputnik and his wife, Helen; Frank Connolly and his wife, Anne; Vic DeWolf and his wife, Emily; Larry Fleischer and George Barnett. The crew was escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen over Lintz, Austria in 1945.

The visit and events were coordinated by Colonel Roosevelt Lewis (USAF - Ret.), Fixed Base Operator at Tuskegee's Moton Field.

On Wednesday, October 15th, the crew members toured the Veterans Administration Center and visited with hospitalized veterans. They also visited the Tuskegee University's Agricultural Center and the campus of Tuskegee University where a luncheon was held.

On Thursday they toured the city of Tuskegee and attended the homecoming pep rally at Booker T. Washington High School, and later were honored at a reception at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.

On Friday activities surrounding the visit included flights from Moton Field with a World War II P-51 Mustang.

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