Although African-American pilots during World War II were unable, initially, to serve in an integrated military service, they were able to serve as an all black squadron. The author provides the history of how the black squadrons evolved. With the support of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. and Army Chief of Staff, General George Marshall, who verified the superior performance of the squadrons, they were eventually able to contribute to the war effort. Although they achieved a place of honor during the war, when they returned home they were still treated as second-class citizens. Young people today might find it difficult to realize that African Americans in the military were treated as less than full citizens, especially when they see role models such as Colin Powell. It is important for children to know this history of African American pilots and how they, in spite of being discriminated against, achieved greatness. This is part of the "Journey to Freedom, The African American Library" series. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 12.