Yeah, the "Red Tail Devil" are an interesting read...
I LOVED the irony of "They got more training because NOBODY wanted them until they NEEDED them." Then the "establishment" says "See? Blacks need SO much more training than WHITES before they can even be sent into COMBAT...."
THEN when they run up such a GREAT record, bomber group pilots REQUEST them whenever they can, the "establishment" says "What did you expect? After all, they got more TRAINING than any of the WHITE squadrons, of COURSE they're good!"
YES training is the number one determinant of which pilot will PROBABLY win no matter WHAT the equipment, but what is interesting is that the Mustangs with the Red Tails practiced CLOSE escort, which NO fighter pilot wanted to do, they wanted to "free range" and dogfight AWAY from the bombers, BEFORE they got to them...close escort is tough, quick and dirty, dive into them, break them up, turn away, engage the next ones, many times flying THROUGH the B-17 or B-24 .50 fire...and they did it WELL.
Now not to belittle the OTHER White pilots, it ALL worked well, but to the bombers, fighter escort they could SEE was comforting, fighter escort dogfighting 10 miles AWAY they couldn't see was, to them, "non-existant."
And by the way, anybody got a measely $850K I could borrow at a good rate?
Then I'll take your picture sitting in the cockpit of my New Eastern Wildcat...