45.09.29 Telegram; Location of Flying Officers

Author:  Patterson, Frederick Douglas
Date: September 29, 1945

Subject: Postwar

Chief of Staff
War Department WashDC

Acting on advice which I regarded as reliable and personally believing that participation of Negroes in Army Air Corps could be encouraged and effectively aided by use of splendid facilities and relationships developed during the war at Tuskegee Army Air Field I suggested to you that tactical reserve units for peace time be based at this government owned and operated field.

Information now received indicates objection by important percentage of Negro flying officers to basing of such tactical units at the Tuskegee Field.

I therefore withdraw my suggestion that this be done. Do not believe best interest of Negro in Army Air Forces will be served if group were stationed in this community with personnel of said group displeased with location.

Harmonious working together between Tuskegee Institute and flying personnel important for successful relationship.

F. D. Patterson President

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