Profiles of Tuskegee Airmen

Paul L. Green

Paul L. Green

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835417 Xenia, OH June 19, 1923 – February 23, 2015 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, all with Oak Leaf Clusters, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing “We [referring to the Tuskegee Airmen] […]

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Joseph D. Elsberry

Joseph D. Elsberry

Class 42-H-SE 9/6/1942 2nd Lt. 0792420 Langston OK April 25, 1921 – March 31, 1985 Unit: 301st FS, 332nd FG Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross Pilot roster listing  Elsberry earned the Distinguished Flying Cross by becoming the first black pilot to destroy three enemy aircraft in a single mission on July […]

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Thurston L. Gaines, Jr.

Thurston L. Gaines, Jr.

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flt. Officer T64635 Freeport, NY March 20, 1922- December 31, 2016 Unit:  99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing As a youngster, Gaines and his older brother were raised by their mother in Freeport, Long Island, in their grandparents’ home. He […]

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