Black and White Airmen: Their True History by John Fleischman

Black and White AirmenThis book is simply fascinating–and true!  John Leahr and Herb Heilbrun grew up in the same neighborhood, went to the same elementary school, were in the same third grade class, became WWII fighter pilots at the same time, and even flew in the some of the same combat missions, but they didn’t meet each other until they were in their 80s. 

John is black and Herb is white.  In the 1930s and 1940s black people and white people rarely spoke to each other, let alone became friends.  It wasn’t until a chance meeting when they were in their 80s–when Herb crashed a reunion for Tuskeegee Airmen to tell them how grateful he was for “saving his tail” during the war–that they ever knew the other one existed, let alone what strangely parallel lives they had led. 

These days, John and Herb are great friends, but it’s not hard to imagine that they might never have met.  This book details their extraordinary experiences in the past, and their modern adventures telling children about them.

Posted by: Sarah

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