Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Lt. Charles H. DeBow

image number:

P0025740

description:

This image appears on page 15 of the September 1942 edition of the Indiana Alumni Magazine. The short article that accompanies the image reads, in part:

"...one of the first five negroes to win his 'wings' and a second lieutenant's commission in the Army air force - he tells how much that means to him in the August issue of American Magazine.

'First of all, I'm flying for Uncle Sam,' said the 23-year-old lieutenant who used to wash dishes to help pay his way at I.U.

'I'm for flying for dad and mom, too. Dad's a porter in a white barber shop in Indianapolis.'

'Finally, I'm flying for every one of the 12,000,000 negroes in the United States. I want to prove that we can take a tough job and handle it just as well as a white man.'

'Personally - just personally - I hope to get a chance to tangle with a Jap or a Nazi', said DeBow, 'Soon...I'd like to be the first Negro to bag one. I've waited a long time for the chance.'

...Two other Negroes who formerly attended I.U. now have their coveted 'wings.' They are: Lt. George L. Knox...and Lt. Harry B. Anderson..."

date taken:

not after 1942 September

photographer studio:

Polk, P.H. (Tuskegee Inst., Ala.)

use restrictions:

Copyright on this image may be held by Tuskegee University and/or P.H. Polk.

personal name:

DeBow, Charles H.

corporate name:

Tuskegee Institute

topic:

Portraits

topic:

Minorities

topic:

World War II

topic:

Tuskegee Airmen

city:

Tuskegee

state:

Alabama

series:

Individuals

subseries:

DeBow, Charles H.