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 […]
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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, bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing “We [referring […]
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, bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing Elsberry earned the Distinguished Flying Cross by becoming the first black pilot to destroy three enemy aircraft […]
Class 42J-SE 11/10/1942 2nd Lt. 0793705 Petersburg, VA January 20, 1920 – August 23, 2008 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Distinguished Unit Citation, National Service […]
Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809236 New York, NY September 6, 1919 – January 27, 2010 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing Tuskegee Airman pilot and notable record holder […]