First class of negro mechanics
Keesler Field's first class of Negro airplane mechanics graduated August 1944. Physical fitness and markmanship were stressed at the Basic Training Center during the last six months of 1944. Class 68 of Section U established a physical fitness record during the late summer of 1944 when it attained an average physical fitness score of 71.5%. All the members of this pre-aviation cadet class qualified with the carbine and the average score of the class in pistol marksmanship was 67.

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