Spreading Good News (Post 707 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Eugene Bullard, the First African American Combat Pilot)

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

 

Eugene Bullard, with his Rhesus monkey.

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Eugene Bullard, the First African American Combat Pilot

Source:  The Internet

Pilot Eugene Jacques Bullard was the first African American to fly a fighter plane and was known as the “black swallow of death” for his courage during missions.  He led a colorful life, much of it in Europe.

Eugene Jacques Bullard was born in Columbus, Georgia, on October 9, 1894.  After witnessing lynch mobs and other racial violence, Bullard left his hometown at the age of eight, destined for France and its less racially-divisive society.  Along the way, he joined a troupe of gypsies who traveled through the southern United States.

In 1912 as a teen, Bullard stowed away on a train to Virginia and then on board a ship bound for Europe.  He worked odd jobs in Scotland and England, some in the underground world of gambling, before eventually arriving in Paris, France, his long-time destination.  In 1914 at the age of 20, Bullard enlisted in the French Foreign Legion, but was pulled out of action after being injured.  On leave, he bragged that he could fly a fighter plane and on a bet wrangled a spot in a French flight training school.

Bullard learned to fly, joined the then small French Air Corps and quickly became known for flying into dangerous situations, often with a pet monkey.  When the United States formally entered World War I, many American expatriates applied for transfers to U.S. forces.  Despite his three years of flight experience, Bullard’s application was denied, and the United States military further pressured France to permanently ground Bullard in order to uphold the U.S. policy against African American pilots.  France succumbed, and Bullard was taken off of aviation duty.

After the war, Bullard discovered jazz, learning to play drums in Paris nightclubs and eventually owning two nightclubs of his own.  He married Marcelle Straumann and had two daughters, but the marriage ended in divorce.  After Germany invaded France in 1940, Bullard began working as a spy for the French Resistance and then escaped to the United States with his daughters.  He established a new life in New York City, again working odd jobs that included selling perfume and operating the elevator of the RCA building, home to The Today Show.  In 1954, Bullard was interviewed for the show.

Eugene Jacques Bullard died in Harlem in 1961.  In 1994, he was honored posthumously by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

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Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman.

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 707 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Eugene Bullard, the First African American Combat Pilot)

  1. Sandra says:

    He led a very colorful and adventurous life.

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