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Eugene Bullard
World’s First Black Fighter Pilot
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Pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard, descended from slaves, became the world's first black fighter pilot, though he was barred from serving the United States because of the color of his skin....
Pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard, descended from slaves, became the world's first black fighter pilot, though he was barred from serving the United States because of the color of his skin....
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  • Pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard, descended from slaves, became the world's first black fighter pilot, though he was barred from serving the United States because of the color of his skin. Growing up in Georgia, Bullard faced discrimination and the threat of lynching, but he had listened spellbound to his father's stories about how France treated everyone equally. He ran away from home at twelve, worked as a professional boxer at seventeen, and eventually made his way to France, where he joined the French Foreign Legion and later the Lafayette Flying Corps. He saw fierce combat during World War I and was wounded multiple times. In World War II, Bullard became a member of the French Underground. After the war, he returned to the United States with a chest full of medals, but once again faced discrimination. Bullard was all but ignored in the United States, even as, at age sixty-four in 1959, he was made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. The next year, General Charles de Gaulle personally invited Bullard to a ceremony in New York where he was embraced by the general himself. Eugene Bullard's is a remarkable story of accomplishment despite racial prejudice. Author Larry Greenly's biography includes numerous historical photographs of Bullard throughout his travels.

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  • Prologue Lucky

    Eugene Bullard struggled to keep his sputtering biplane from crashing. He headed back toward French-occupied territory. Tracer bullets from machine guns in the trenches below streaked around him. Thwack, thwack, thwack! A line of holes marched across a lower wing.

    Splang! One bullet punched through the front cowling. The SPAD's engine belched black smoke. Sweet-smelling castor oil sprayed Bullard's windshield and face. He wiped his goggles with his sleeve and desperately worked his throttle to keep the engine running.

    It seemed like every German soldier in the trenches below was firing at him while Bullard coaxed his puttering plane over the enemy lines. The SPAD's engine gasped one last time and died. Bullard had no choice now. He had to land—in a plane that glided like a brick. 

    A muddy field in no-man's land appeared ahead. Wind whistled past Bullard's falling plane. Pushing away fear, he focused on landing. He tore off his goggles; they might shatter on impact. The ground came up fast. Bullard held his breath. Don't stall, keep the wings level, don't hit a hellhole. He carefully pulled back on his stick. The SPAD's wheels hit ground. The plane bounced, bounced, bounced and finally came to rest.

    Bullard exhaled. At least I didn't flip over. Machine-gun bullets drilled the air around the downed SPAD. Bullard unfastened his seat belt, clambered over the far side of his fuselage, and fell into a muddy crater. As long as the Germans were firing at him, he could only lie in the cold mud and listen to bullets puncturing his plane.

    Hours dragged by. He shivered in his soaking wet clothes. As darkness settled over no-man's land, the constant sniping at Bullard finally ended. Should he run for it?

    Without warning, voices emerged from a shell-destroyed forest behind him. Bullard whirled around. With a sigh of relief, he realized they were speaking French.

    "Ah, Monsieur Bullard, I see you are still alive." It was Bullard's aircraft mechanic. "We are here to transport your pathetic airplane back for repair."

    A group of mechanics and soldiers appeared out of the shadows. The men quickly dragged Bullard's plane to a safe area out of sight. In no time, the mechanics had the SPAD's wings removed. They lifted the fuselage onto a flat transport wagon hitched to two horses, loaded the wings and tied everything down. Bullard and the men hopped into the back of a truck. They headed for the airfield a few miles away.

    "I counted 96 holes in your machine, Bullard," the mechanic said. "None in you. You're a lucky man."

    Yes, lucky. Bullard reflected on that. How did a black Georgia boy like me wind up flying for the French Lafayette Corps?

About the Author-

  • Larry Greenly is a freelance writer and editor, and a writing instructor and lecturer. He has published numerous articles and columns; his albuquerqueARTS magazine literary section won first place in the 2009 National Federation of Press Women state competition and second place in the national competition. Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot won second prize in the international SouthWest Writers Annual Contest.

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  • Kirkus

    November 15, 2013
    At the beginning of the 20th century, a young African-American runs away to France and becomes heroically involved in both world wars. Eugene Bullard's father's stories about racial freedom in France resonated with the boy, and he left home determined to experience it. He stowed away on a ship to Aberdeen, Scotland, worked the docks and learned to box in Liverpool, England, and eventually made his way to Paris. As World War I approached, Bullard joined the French Foreign Legion, received aviation training and became a pilot in the French Air Service. Between the two world wars, Bullard remained in Paris, working as a boxer, a musician, and nightclub and gym owner, but once World War II began, he joined the Resistance. After being wounded, Bullard returned to the United States, where he remained for the rest of his life. Eugene Bullard had many fascinating adventures that will engage readers, but the scant sourcing and admittedly fabricated dialogue limit this as informational text. Greenly references a biography that used Bullard's memoir and interviews, but readers have no way to determine what was supported by that work or by others. There is little explanation about the larger African-American expatriate community in Paris. Though shaky as nonfiction, when read as historical-fiction, this is a worthwhile introduction to a decorated hero of two world wars who overcame obstacles in difficult times. (photographs, French pronunciation guide, index) (Historical fiction. 10-14)

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    Starred review from February 1, 2014
    Grades 8-11 *Starred Review* The incredible story of Eugene Bullardan African American honored by the French, yet shunned by the Americansis one too long neglected. The seventh child of a former slave, Eugene recalled his father frequently saying, In France . . . blacks are treated as well as whites. Someday I'll take you there. At 11, Eugene ran away from home, making his own way to France, although it took him 8 years to get there. For the first several months, he boxed for a living, but when he noticed many young men enlisting in the military, he followed. On October 9, 1914, he was sworn in as a member of the French Foreign Legion, and five weeks later, he was fighting in the frontline trenches of WWI. In three years he had received his French military pilot's license, becoming the world's first black fighter pilot. Though his heroic deeds brought recognition from the French, a white American doctor in Paris became a constant stumbling block for further progress in Eugene's life and career. When Bullard returned to the U.S., he faced racial bias until his death in 1961. Using Bullard's memoirs and other sparse information about him, Greenly crafts a moving, novelistic biography that portrays Bullard's courage throughout his life. Meanwhile, the black-and-white photos, of everything from a teenage Bullard boxing to wartime aircrafts, add plenty of historical flavor.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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