267. WWII Pilot's Uniform

Tuskegee Airman’s

Officer Uniform

What we wear says a lot about who we are.


Military uniforms speak a language all their own. They are full of symbols. The color, the cut, the buttons, the cap, and the patches speak volumes about the one who wears it. A uniform identifies its wearer as a member of a particular branch of the military and as a combatant for their country, someone who is protected by laws governing armed conflict during battles and war.


While many aspects of African Americans’ service in World War II were “color-coded,” including their registration card, uniforms did not indicate the race of the wearer. An officer was an officer, no matter their race. This officer’s uniform could have been worn by African American men who made up the 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Bombardment Group, all better known as the Tuskegee Airmen.