Illinois Heartland Library System
In 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron was activated by Chanute Field in Rantoul, IL, becoming the first all-black fighter squadron in the U.S. Army Air Corps. William R. Thompson, trained at Chanute Field as an armaments officer, and then became one of the squadron's first black officers. Thompson and the 99th Pursuit Squadron moved to Tuskegee, Alabama, and then North Africa. Thompson was an avid photographer while overseas. These photographs, many taken by Thompson himself, represent the accomplishments and everyday life of the Tuskegee Airmen during the War. The original photographs and copyright are held by the Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul, IL. Illinois Heartland Library System holds the copyright for the digital images. All rights reserved.