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While the military was tentatively willing to give lip-service to the Tuskegee project, a white officer nevertheless was required to oversee. Noel Parrish (seated on the right) was elevated to the position, having earlier served as the flight instructor for the African-American pilots, in December of 1942.
Committed to the success of the project, he mostly desegregated the base facilities, which the previous commander had ordered to appease the Alabamians in the area, and made a point to interact with, and treat his men as equals. With the military still viewing the project warily, he was also a forceful advocate for sending the airmen overseas to see combat.
(Collection of Col. Harold Hayes)

While the military was tentatively willing to give lip-service to the Tuskegee project, a white officer nevertheless was required to oversee. Noel Parrish (seated on the right) was elevated to the position, having earlier served as the flight instructor for the African-American pilots, in December of 1942.

Committed to the success of the project, he mostly desegregated the base facilities, which the previous commander had ordered to appease the Alabamians in the area, and made a point to interact with, and treat his men as equals. With the military still viewing the project warily, he was also a forceful advocate for sending the airmen overseas to see combat.

(Collection of Col. Harold Hayes)



While the military was tentatively willing to give lip-service to the Tuskegee project, a white officer nevertheless was required to oversee. Noel Parrish (seated on the right) was elevated to the position, having earlier served as the flight instructor for the African-American pilots, in December of 1942.

Committed to the success of the project, he mostly desegregated the base facilities, which the previous commander had ordered to appease the Alabamians in the area, and made a point to interact with, and treat his men as equals. With the military still viewing the project warily, he was also a forceful advocate for sending the airmen overseas to see combat.

(Collection of Col. Harold Hayes)


   
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