The Freeman Field Mutiny



THE FREEMAN FIELD MUTINY is a documented story about a "Mutiny" in the 477th Bombardment Group that occurred at Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana, on April 5, 1945. This incident involved over 162 black officers. This history relates long & involved sordid acts of segregation committed by the white commanders of the Black 477th Bombardment Group, of which there were many. Yet, The Freeman Field Mutiny is the most vivid & outstanding response to these acts. This story uncovers the fact that these commanders did not act alone & that their actions were taken with the compliance of commanders & staff persons at Army Air Force headquarters level, including General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces & consequently every level of his command & staff. The mutiny was a protest & an assault on the segregated policies of General Hunter & the staff at Headquarters Army Air Forces. The mutiny illustrated that the black officer was capable of showing initiative & anger. Moreover, he could organize & use regulations to his advantage. This action was unprecedented in the annals of the Army Air Forces. Those of us who followed our conscience & stood together at Freeman Field have some confidence that our actions helped make necessary, even inevitable the significant changes that would soon come. Signed by: James Warren

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