Profiles of Tuskegee Airmen

Joe Gomer

Joe Gomer

Tuskegee Airman pilot Joe Gomer was born on June 20, 1920 in Iowa Falls, Iowa. The Gomer family was one of only two African American families in their small town. Growing up, he was fascinated by model airplanes and dreamed of becoming a pilot. He worked in his father’s janitorial […]

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George Hardy

George Hardy

George Hardy entered active duty in July of 1943. He began Aviation Cadet Training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama in December of that year, and graduated as a pilot in September 1944. He received additional combat flight training at Walterboro Army Air Field in South Carolina, and in […]

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Fred Brewer Jr.

Tuskegee Airman Fred Brewer’s family would never see him again after he left to fly and fight in Europe during World War II. Although not much is known about Brewer’s life, we honor his service and reflect on his achievements. Fred Lorenzo Brewer Jr. was born in 1921 in Charlotte, […]

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Charles Dorkins

Charles Dorkins

Photographer, cinematographer and author Charles Dorkins was born December 16, 1922 in Baltimore, MD to Christopher and Athie Dorkins. He graduated from Tuskegee Army Air Field on March 11, 1945 part of class TE-45-A, trained to fly twin engine B-25 bombers as part of the 477thBombardment Group. The bomber pilots […]

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Leonard Willette

Leonard Willette

Leonard R. Willette was born March 17, 1921 in Belleville, NJ, the second of six children of Lawrence and Leonora Willette. Growing up, he was an avid artist, winning several awards for his art. He was a member of the track team and illustrated his high school yearbook before he […]

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