Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809259 New York, NY DOB unknown – October 7, 1944 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron, part of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Wiggins of New York graduated from flight training on July 28, 1943, at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. In late December, […]
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March 12, 1919 – November 8, 1998 Perry Young, Jr, an airplane and helicopter pilot, was the first African American to be hired by a commercial airline with regularly scheduled passenger flights. Young was born to Perry Senior and mother Edith in Orangeburg, South Carolina. His parents were both university-educated, but the […]
Class 43-F-SE 6/30/1943 2nd Lt. 0805985 Edwardsville, KS May 22, 1917 – May 12, 2008 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Weldon K. Groves was born May 22, 1917, in Edwardsville, Kansas, to Walter P. and Alice A. Groves. Groves attended the University of Kansas […]
Class 43-K-SE 12/5/1943 2nd Lt. 0817590 Chicago, IL February 23, 1923 – March 17, 1986 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Clarence “Lucky” Lester was a fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group, to which the 100th Fighter Squadron was assigned. The 100th Fighter Squadron was […]
African-American mountaineer and veteran flight engineer On July 9, 1964, Charles Crenchaw became the first African-American to summit Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), the highest-peak in North America. Prior to the historic climb, achieved as a member of a climb with the Seattle Mountaineers Crenchaw served as a Master Sergeant in the […]