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Profiles of Tuskegee Airmen

Take a closer look at the lives and accomplishments of some of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. New profiles are added regularly and will grow as the staff and volunteer of the CAF Red Tail Squadron continue their tireless efforts to research and share the remarkable stories of these important American figures.

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801160 Greenville, SC August 10, 1920  - July 8, 2013 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron,332nd Fighter Group Awards: Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing Born in Greenville, S.C., Paul Adams dreamed of being a pilot since childhood. This dream was made possible because in ...
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John H. Adams Jr.

John H. Adams Jr.

Class 45-B-SE 4/15/1945 2nd Lt. 0842588 Kansas City, KS Pilot roster listing In 2016 John Adams Jr., then 97 years old, still remembered nearly every detail of his training during World War II as a Tuskegee Airman, the first U.S. military unit to allow African-American pilots to fly airplanes in combat. “I had never been ...
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Rutherford H. Adkins

Rutherford H. Adkins

Class 44-I-1-SE 10/16/1944 2nd Lt. 0838152 Alexandria, VA November 21, 1924– February 6,1998 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Affectionately known as "Lubby" to family and friends, Rutherford Adkins was born to Reverend Andrew Warren Adkins (a former pastor of the Historic Albert Street Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia) ...
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Halbert L. Alexander

Halbert L. Alexander

Class 44-I-SE 11/20/1944 2nd Lt. 0839082 Georgetown, IL June 12 1922 – March 25, 1953 Pilot roster listing First Lieutenant Halbert Alexander was assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron. He also flew as alternate pilot for the first Gunnery Meet in May of 1949. The then Chief of Staff of the Air Force sent a ...
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Harvey R. Alexander

Harvey R. Alexander

Class 44-D-TE 4/15/1944 2nd Lt. 0828041 Georgetown, IL April 13, 1921 – August 16, 2013 Unit: 617th Squadron, 477th Bombardment Group Medium Pilot roster listing Alexander was born April 13, 1921, in Georgetown, Ill., the son of a coal miner. The family was so poor that Alexander, the second of nine children, walked to school ...
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Alfred “Chief” Anderson

Alfred “Chief” Anderson

Born February 9, 1907, Bryn Mawr, PA Died: April 13, 1996, Tuskegee, AL Referred to as “the father of black aviation”, Chief Flight Instructor of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen Alfred “Chief” Anderson, was be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp March 13, 2014. He was the first Tuskegee Airman to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp. When the ...
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Fred Archer

Fred Archer

July 20, 1921 - September 1988 Fred Archer was the first Black person to earn the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. There are so many unsung heroes in the world, and there are so many people in the world that has never heard the songs these heroes sang. They left ...
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Lee A. Archer Jr.

Lee A. Archer Jr.

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, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing Tuskegee Airman pilot and notable record holder Lee "Buddy" Archer was born September 6, 1919 in Yonkers, ...
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William P. Armstrong

William P. Armstrong

Class 44-H-SE 9/8/1944 Flt. Officer T66139 Providence, RI Oct. 30, 1924 - April 1, 1945 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot Roster listing It is an unfortunately reality of war that oftentimes loved ones do not come home. No matter ...
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Robert Ashby

Robert Ashby

Class 45-H-TE 11/20/1945 2nd Lt. 0843351 Jersey City, NJ Born July 17, 1926 Pilot roster listing Unlike a lot of Tuskegee Airmen pilots, Robert “Bob” Ashby did not grow up building airplane models and wishing he could fly.  He was more concerned with getting around on the ground.  “I rode my bike and took the ...
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Terry Bailey

Terry Bailey

Flight Officer Class 45-C-SE 5/23/1945 Flt. Officer T69972 Richmond, VA Pilot roster listing Before 1940, Black people were barred from flying for the U.S. military, Bailey said, but becoming a pilot was always his dream. "In high school, I used to watch the planes go across the sky until they were out of sight," Winston-Salem ...
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Lt. Charles P. Bailey Sr. of Punta Gorda

Charles Paul Bailey, Sr.

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801161 Punta Corda, FL November 25, 1918 – April 1, 2001 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Air Medal with four Oak Leaf, Distinguished Flying Cross, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing During World War II, many people stepped up to serve their country to help ...
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Howard Lee Baugh

Howard Lee Baugh

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 Defense Medal, WWII Victory Medal, ...
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Henry Bowman

Henry “Hank” Bowman

A Tuskegee Airman who broke the referee color barrier April 14, 1921 – September 16, 1995 Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Hank moved with his parents to Minneapolis, Minnesota when he was just a youngster. Mr. Bowman’s 21-year military career began in the spring of 1941, when family friends working as sleeping-car porters helped him ...
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Fred L. Brewer Jr.

Fred L. Brewer Jr.

Class 44-C -SE 3/12/1944 2nd Lt. O824827 Charlotte, SC August 1921 – October 29, 1944 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Air Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart Pilot roster listing Tuskegee Airman Fred Brewer’s family would never see him again after he left to fly and fight ...
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Dr. Harold H. Brown

Dr. Harold H. Brown

Class 44-E-SE 5/23/1944 2nd Lt. 0830783 Minneapolis, MN Born August 19, 1924 Unit:   99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd  Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Harold Brown knew in the 6th grade that he would be a pilot. He is an accomplished man who grew up in an era when African Americans were severely marginalized. Despite this fact, he said: ...
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Arnold W. Cisco

Arnold W. Cisco

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801164 Alton, IL Aug. 10, 1920 – May 19, 1946 Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron Pilot roster listing Among the family and friends laid to rest in the Alton, Illinois, town cemetery, war heroes and brothers George and Arnold Cisco hold a unique distinction, tucked away unnoticed for decades. They both ...
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George E. Cisco

George E. Cisco

Class 44-E-SE 5/23/1944 2nd Lt. 01014831 Alton, IL June 2, 1918 – August 16, 1944 Pilot roster listing Among the family and friends laid to rest in the Alton, Illinois, town cemetery, war heroes and brothers George and Arnold Cisco hold a unique distinction, tucked away unnoticed for decades. They both served in World War II ...
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Charles Madison Crenchaw

Charles Madison Crenchaw

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 U.S. Army Air Corps. As ...
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Milton Pitts Crenchaw

Milton Pitts Crenchaw

January 13, 1919 - November 17, 2015 Dr. Milton Pitts Crenchaw was known as the father of Black Aviation in Arkansas. Born on January 13, 1919, in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, he was the first Arkansan to be successfully trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. Crenchaw attended Dunbar Junior College ...
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Clarence W. Dart

Clarence W. Dart

Class 43-J-SE 11/3/1943 2nd Lt. 0814826 Elmira, NY December 6, 1920 – February 17, 2012 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross , Purple Heart , Air Medal. Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing Clarence Dart is a decorated combat pilot of World War II. As a Tuskegee Airman, he survived ...
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Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

Class 42-C-SE 3/6/1942 Capt. 020146 Tuskegee, AL December 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002 Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Langley Gold Medal, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing On ...
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Robert W. Deiz

Robert W. Deiz

Class 42-H-SE 9/6/1942 2nd Lt. 0792419 Portland, OR June 17, 1919 - April 6, 1992 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Born in Portland in June 1919, Robert Deiz set track records in the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard race and relays at Franklin High School and the University of ...
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Captain Lawrence E. Dickson

Lawrence E. Dickson

Class 43-C-SE 3/25/1943 2nd Lt. 0798945 Bronx, NY 1920 – Dec. 23, 1944 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross Pilot Roster listing 2nd Lieutenant Lawrence E. Dickson of Bronx, N.Y., graduated from flight training on March 25, 1943, at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama in class 43C ...
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Charles J. Dorkins

Charles J. Dorkins

Class 45-A-TE 3/11/1945 2nd Lt. 0841269 Baltimore, MD December 16, 1922 - April 9, 2018 Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Pilot roster listing 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 ...
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Elwood "Woody" Thomas Driver

Elwood “Woody” Thomas Driver

Class 42-I-SE 10/9/1942 2nd Lt. 0792781 Trenton, NJ August 20, 1921 – March 26, 1992 Unit:  99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Elwood "Woody" Thomas Driver earned his bachelors' degree from the New Jersey State College in 1942. He later earned a masters' degree ...
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Charles W. Dryden

Charles W. Dryden

Class 42-D-SE 4/29/1942 2nd Lt. 0789119 Bronx, NY September 16, 1920  - June 24, 2008 Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron of the 332 Fighter Group Pilot roster listing “Chuck Dryden is a sincere, honest, friendly person who has fought the good fight throughout his long life and now, through the medium of his autobiography, desires to share ...
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Jerome Thompson Edwards

Jerome Thompson Edwards

Class 42J-SE 11/10/1942 2nd Lt. 0793707 Steubenville, OH December 26, 1918 – May 7, 1943 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing During World War II, many families proudly watched their sons and daughters pledge their service to their country. Some sent – and lost – multiple children to the war ...
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Leslie Edwards

Leslie Edwards

Flight Chief of Flight A in the 617th Bomb Squadron A special note of thanks to Jacqueline Covington and Diane Hamm for submitting this piece! Jacqueline is a dedicated CAF member and Red Tail Squadron volunteer. Both Jacqueline and Diane are members of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (GCCTAI). June 22, 2015 *** ...
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Thomas Marvin Ellis

Thomas Marvin Ellis

The first enlisted administrative clerk of the 301st Fighter Squadron!  June 29, 1920  - January 2, 2018 More than a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a group of young African-American men made a statement of their own, overcoming racial prejudice and the racial stereotypes ...
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John Ellis Edwards

John Ellis Edwards

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835407 Steubenville, OH December 26, 1918 – May 7, 1943 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing During World War II, many families proudly watched their sons and daughters pledge their service to their country. Some sent – and lost – multiple children to the war ...
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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 12, 1944. After attending his ...
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Robert Friend

Robert Friend

Class 43-K-SE 12/5/1943 2nd Lt. 0817584 New York, NY Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing The history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is inspirational to people of all ages. Their life lessons can impart a special meaning for people from all walks of life. From a child in awe ...
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William Fuller

Lt. William Fuller, Jr.

Class 45-E-SE 8/4/1945 Flt. Officer T70223 Detroit, MI Born 1924 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Based on an interview with Mr. Fuller  Oct. 22, 2012 William Fuller was born in Detroit in 1924, he registered for draft at age 18 and received induction papers but in the meantime ...
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Thurston 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 met his father only a ...
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Joseph Phillip Gomer

Joseph Phillip Gomer

Class 43-E-SE 5/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0804552 Iowa Falls, IA June 20, 1920  – October 10, 2013 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing 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 ...
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Leo R. Gray

Leo R. Gray

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835409 Roxbury, MA May 30, 1924 – September 23, 2016 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Mediterranean Theatre of Operation ribbon with three battle stars, the American Theatre and World War II Victory button, Congressional ...
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Col Paul 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] proved we were not dummies,” he ...
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Major Weldon K. Groves, Sr

Weldon K. Groves

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 and earned a degree in ...
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Charles B. Hall

Class 42-F-SE 7/3/1942 2nd Lt. 0790457 Brazil, IN Aug. 25, 1920 – November 22, 1971 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Many of those who served with the Tuskegee Airmen came home with fascinating and harrowing stories to tell. War was brutal. And fighting against racial segregation and discrimination was ...
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Lt. George Hardy

George E. Hardy

Class 44-H-SE 9/8/1944 2nd Lt. 0838029 Philadelphia, PA Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Congressional Gold Medal Pilot roster listing George Hardy entered active duty in July of 1943 at the age ...
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Edward J. "Skipper" Harris Jr

Edward J. “Skipper” Harris Jr

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flt. Officer T64625 Pittsburgh, PA April 13, 1932- August 30, 2001 Pilot roster listing This amazing true story came to us courtesy of friend Regis Bobonis, Sr., a champion of the Airmen and a respected historian. “Mayday! Mayday! I am Silvertone. My bird just flamed out. Mayday!” “I read you Silvertone,” answered ...
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James H. Harvey III

James H. Harvey III

Class 44-1-1-SE 10/16/1944 2nd Lt. 0838153 Mountain Top, PA Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter  Group Pilot roster listing Harvey was born in Montclair, New Jersey, on 13 July. His family moved to Nuangola Station, Pennsylvania, in 1936 and was the only African-American family in that region. Harvey excelled in high school by ...
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William H. Holloman III

William H. Holloman III

Class 44-H-SE 9/8/1944 2nd Lt. 0838030 St. Louis, MO August 21, 1924 – June 11, 2010 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing The passion that fills one’s heart for aviation can be a powerful force. Since the age of four, William Holloman wanted to fly, and that lust for the ...
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Vernon Hopson

Vernon Hopson

Class 44-I-SE 11/20/1944 Flt. Officer T67146 San Antonio, TX April 28, 1925 – August 28, 2009 Unit: 477th Composite Group Pilot roster listing Like many of those that went on to become pilots with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, Vernon Hopson dreamed of flying from a young age, even though he had never had the chance to ...
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Frederick E. Hutchins, Sr

Frederick E. Hutchins, Sr

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801171 Donaldsonville, GA September 16, 1920 – June 10, 1991 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Information from the St. Louis Dispatch Capt. Freddie E. Hutchins assigned the same nickname to each of his planes: "Little Freddie." By the end of World War II, ...
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Lewis A. Jackson, Ph.D

Lewis A. Jackson, Ph.D

Aviation Pioneer - Innovator - Educator – Administrator December 29, 1912 - January 8, 1994 One of the lessons we can learn from the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is the value of having a goal – theirs was to be the firstblack American military pilots – and meeting it through sheer determination and hard ...
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Voris Stevenson James

Voris Stevenson James

Class 44-]-TE 12/28/1944 2nd Lt. 0839099 San Antonio, TX April 11, 1919 - December 8, 1946 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron with the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Information submitted by his son, Alfred James. Download the full story! My father was born in Seguin, Texas as the only son, and fourth child, of LeRoy ...
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Daniel “Chappie” James Jr.

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809244 Pensacola, FL “The strength of the United States of America lies in its unity. It lies in free men blessed and ordained with the rights of freedom working to provide, build, enjoy, and grow… Today’s world situation requires strong men to stand up and be counted – no matter what ...
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Alexander Jefferson

Alexander Jefferson

Class 44-A-SE 1/7/1944 2nd Lt. 0819461 Detroit, MI Date of birth: November 15, 1921 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Tuskegee Airman pilot, POW and esteemed educator Alexander Jefferson has served his country with distinction, in the face of great adversity. Jefferson was born Detroit, MI on November 15, 1921, into a family with a ...
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Morris T. Johnson

Morris T. Johnson

Captain Morris Tennyson Johnson Executive Officer August 4, 1917 – January 13, 2018 Unit: 100th Fighter Group of the 332nd Fighter Squadron Captain Morris T. Johnson was the Executive Officer for the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group during WWII from January 1, 1942 to 1945. As the Executive Officer, he was in charge of the squadron ...
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Elmer Jones

Elmer Jones

February 16, 1918– January 1, 2013 As we know, not all Tuskegee Airmen were pilots. Many were support personnel, and in the case of Col Elmer Jones, some began their training as pilots but matriculated into other important support roles. Today we take a closer look at Col Jones and his respectable service, both military ...
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Clarence D. “Lucky” Lester

Clarence D. “Lucky” Lester

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 the second all-black fighter squadron ...
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Hiram E. Mann

Hiram E. Mann

Class 44-F-SE 6/27/1944 2nd Lt. 0830329 Cleveland, OH May 23, 1921 – May 17, 2014 Unit: Initially assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron, reassigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing Hiram Mann was born in New York and like many kids, loved to watch airplanes.  When he was ...
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Robert L. Martin

Robert L. Martin

Class 44-A-SE 1/7/1944 2nd Lt. 0819462 Dubuque, IA February 9, 1919 – July 26, 2018 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart Martin, known as “Fox,” grew up in Iowa and became entranced by airplanes when he attended ...
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Robert T. McDaniel

Robert T. McDaniel

March 19, 2019 Fort Worth’s last member of legendary Tuskegee Airmen dies at 96 Robert Tenneson McDaniel was born in Fort Worth, Texas and named after his fraternal grandfather, a Fort Worth physician. Mr. McDaniel earned a scholarship to Prairie View University when his career was interrupted when he was drafted. Mr. McDaniel entered the ...
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Charles E. McGee

Charles E. McGee

Class 43-F-SE 6/30/1943 2nd Lt. 08071 03 Champaign, IL If you’ve even seen our film “Rise Above” in the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, then you might recognize original Tuskegee Airman pilot Charles McGee. He is featured in the film encouraging a young person to ignore negativity, rise above the challenges and follow his dreams. McGee, a ...
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Dr. William B. Morgan

Class 45-F-SE 9/8/1945 Flt. Officer T70422 Yukon, PA Dr. William Morgan, originally from rural Pennsylvania, was a Tuskegee Airman and pilot who learned about the Tuskegee Institute’s aviation program for black men from an article in a newspaper. He volunteered for service to our country in 1943, making it into the first-of-its-kind program at the Tuskegee ...
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Nicholas S. Neblett

Class 46-C-SE 6/28/1946 2nd Lt. 02082632 Cincinnati, OH Two decades before Martin Luther King, Jr. led the freedom march in Selma, Alabama to bring awareness to civil rights and the difficulties faced by black voters in the south, the Tuskegee Airmen were paving the way for the eventual end of segregation. Original Tuskegee Airman Nicholas Neblett, ...
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Noel Parrish

Noel Parrish

A great champion: Brigadier General Noel Parrish “It is a discouraging fact that officers of the Army Air Force, whose scientific achievements are unsurpassed, and whose scientific skill is unquestioned in mechanical matters and in many personnel matters, should generally approach the problem of races and minorities with the most unscientific dogmatic and arbitrary attitudes...Whether ...
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Eugene J. Richardson, Jr

Eugene J. Richardson, Jr

Class 45-A-SE 3/11/1945 2nd Lt. 0841261 Camden, NJ Eugene J. Richardson, Jr  was born in Cleveland, Ohio September 18, 1925. His father was a minister and Eugene spent his childhood in a number of small towns in  Ohio. While living in Mansfield, Ohio when he about five or six years old he went with his ...
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2nd Lt. Robert C. Robinson, Jr.

Robert C. Robinson, Jr.

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835414 Asheville, NC 14 Jan 1923 - 25 Mar 1945 Robert C. Robinson grew up in Asheville, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Robinson. The senior Robinson served for many years as Manager of the Asheville and Charlotte District of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. 2nd Lieutenant ...
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Willie Rogers

Willie Rogers

Born in Apalachicola on the gulf shores of Florida in 1915, Rogers said humbly in a television interview that he was raised with the motto, “You ain’t better than nobody, and ain’t nobody better than you.” Rogers was drafted into the Army just two months after the U.S. entered World War II. He served in ...
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Mac Ross

Mac Ross

Class 42-C-SE 3/6/1942 2nd Lt. 0441129 Dallas County, AL 1912-1944 Mac Ross was a member of the first graduating class of five officers from the Tuskegee Army Flying School. He was originally from Dallas County and not from Dayton, Ohio as often reported. March 7 is known around the world as the date Bloody Sunday ...
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Judge Richard B. Rutledge

Judge Richard B. Rutledge

The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen by no means ends with their successful combat missions in WWII. Not only did their experience shape the civil rights movement of the 1960’s and the ongoing collective effort for equality, but the more than 10,000 men and women among the ranks of the Tuskegee Airmen used their military ...
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Dr. Fenton Sands

Dr. Fenton Sands

Defying expectations is a hallmark of the Tuskegee Airmen. It may seem unusual that a kid from the urban metropolis of New York City would emerge as an international agricultural expert, but original Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Fenton sands did just that, and much more. He would grow up to leave those crowded city streets for ...
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Tuskegee Airmen MSgt James Sheppard in 1944 in Ramitelli, Italy.

James Sheppard

In recent months we explored the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen support personnel in our blog, and even took a closer look at women in these roles. For every mission, many important players came together to create success through maintenance, training, flight skill and countless other crucial pieces of the puzzle. It simply cannot happen ...
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Luther H. Smith

Luther H. Smith

Class 43-E-SE 5/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0804560 Des Moines, IA Character. What we do with what we’ve been given. What we do in the face of adversity. What we do when times are good, and bad. In the profile of Capt Luther Smith – original Tuskegee Airman, engineer, patent-holder, community servant and father – we are given ...
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Calvin J. Spann

Calvin J. Spann

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flt. Officer T64642 Rutherford, NJ November 28, 1924 – September 6, 2015 Calvin J. Spann was an original Tuskegee Airman and fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. Spann received his wings from the Tuskegee Flight School as a part of the graduating class of 44G. As ...
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Charles W. Stephens, Jr.

Charles W. Stephens, Jr.

Thank you to Juanita Stephens for sharing this information with us. Her husband, Alvin, was the brother of Charles. The article was written by Brooke Stephens, daughter of Charles. Birth 13 Jan 1913 - Monroeville, Monroe, AL Death 23 Mar 1945 - Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA Time in Service From: 14 Sep 1942 - To: 23 Mar 1945 ...
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Lowell C. Steward

Lowell C. Steward

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809254 Los Angeles, CA February 25, 1919 – December 17, 2014 Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 1919, Lowell Cedric Steward was the son of a railroad porter and a homemaker. Jackie Robinson was his childhood friend. As a high school student, he was channeled into vocational instead of ...
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Harry T. Stewart Jr

Harry T. Stewart Jr

Class 44-F-SE 6/27/1944 2nd Lt. 0835330 Corona, NY While still a teenager, growing up in New York City, Harry T. Stewart Jr. enlisted in the war effort and joined the legendary ranks of the Tuskegee Airmen. He earned his wings and commission in 1943, but his youth did not hinder his ability to become one of ...
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Alva Temple

Alva Temple

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809256 Carrollton, AL September 5, 1917 – August 28, 2004 Alva Templewas born in Carrollton, Alabama and studied Agricultural Education at Alabama A & M University. After college he went into the Army Air Corp and then to Tuskegee for Pilot Training. He graduated in class 43-G and subsequently assigned ...
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Robert B. Tresville, Jr

Robert B. Tresville, Jr

Class 42-K-SE 12/13/1942 2nd Lt. 025761 Bay City, TX May 9, 1921 – June 24, 1944 Originally named Robert Leslie Tresville, Robert was born on May 9, 1921 to parents, Robert Bernard Tresville and Irma Eloise (nee Jones) in Galveston, Texas. They later moved to Fort Huachuca in Arizona where his father, an army bandleader, ...
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Leonard R. Willette

Leonard R. Willette

Class 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 Flt. Officer T62308 Belleville. NJ 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 ...
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Kenneth O. Wofford

Kenneth O. Wofford

Class 45-C-SE 5/23/1945 2nd Lt. 0842888 Springfield, MO November 22, 1922 - September 5, 2010 Kenneth Wofford, Sr. was born 22 November 1922 to Clarence and “Queenie” Wofford in Wagoner, Oklahoma.  He was a 1941 graduate of Lincoln High School of Carthage, the segregated school for Carthage's African-American students. Wofford entered Lincoln University determined to ...
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Howard A. Wooten

Howard A. Wooten

Class 44-J-TE 12/28/1944 Flt. Officer T67985 Lovelady, TX Perhaps you might recognize this familiar photo. A young aviator ready to serve his country in the air during the perilous times of World War II. His steadfast resolve, bravery and determination one of the thousand words this picture is worth. It is quite possibly the most iconic ...
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