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Tuskegee Airman to deliver lecture, March 3

Retired Col. Charles McGee, a decorated Air Force veteran of three wars and a two-time past president of the Tuskegee Airmen's Association, will deliver a special illustrated lecture, "African-Americans and Aviation," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The lecture, sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library , is offered in conjunction with "The Romance of Flight," an exhibition on view in the Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts at Firestone Library.

During World War II, more than 13,000 African-American pilots served both in the United States and in the Mediterranean and European theaters. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen, after their Alabama training center at Tuskegee Army Airfield, near the famed university. The Tuskegee Airmen never lost a single bomber to enemy fighters during escort missions over strategic targets in Europe. Approximately one-third of the 450 overseas pilots received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

During his career, McGee commanded the 44th bomber squadrons in the Philippines, Italy and the United States. A veteran of 30 years of service and more than 136 combat missions, McGee retired in January 1973.

The exhibition "The Romance of Flight" will be on view until March 21, and a final tour will be offered on Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, call (609) 258-3511.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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