In 1942 the Army Air force opened a training post for colored pilots at Tuskegee Institute. One unit, te332nd Flight Group, flew over 3000 missions and destroyed over 400 enemy planes. USA Postcard reprint.
"I long ago made up my mind that if anybody wants to kill me, he will do it. If I wore a shirt of mail and kept myself surrounded by a bodyguard, it would be all the same. There are a thousand ways of getting at a man if it is desirable that he should be killed. Besides, in this case, it seems to me, the man who would come after me would be just as objectionable to my enemies -- if I have any." Abraham Lincoln to journalist Noah Brooks in 1863