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.

*NOTE:  The term “Tuskegee Airmen” is not an official USAF definition, but was invented by Charles Francis when he wrote his 1955 book with that title, the USAF does not define the term, and does not determine who is or is not a Tuskegee Airman. 

Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated (TAI) defines a Tuskegee Airman as anyone involved in the Tuskegee Airmen experience, who belonged to their units or who were assigned to the installations where their units were assigned, whether those personnel were black or white, male or female.  By the TAI definition, the nurses at Tuskegee Army Air Field would be both Tuskegee nurses and Tuskegee Airmen who happened to be nurses. 

Willie Ashley, Jr.

Class Number: 42-F-SE Graduation Date: 7/3/1942 Rank Held at Tuskegee: 2nd Lt. Serial Number: 0789641 Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina May 23, 1921 – February 9, 1984 Ashley graduated from Morris College

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John H. Adams Jr.

Class 45-B-SE 4/15/1945 2nd Lt. 0842588 Kansas City, KS 1920 – DOD Unit:  332nd Fighter Group In 2016 John Adams Jr., then 97 years old,

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Charity Adams Earley

First black officer of the Women Army Auxiliary Corps Charity Adams Earley (1918–2002) was the first African-American woman to be an officer in the Women’s Army

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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 Born in Greenville, S.C.,

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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 Affectionately known as

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Halbert Leo Alexander

Class 44-I-SE 11/20/1944 2nd Lt. 0839082 Georgetown, IL Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron June 12 1922 – March 25, 1953 First Lieutenant Halbert Alexander was assigned

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William Noel Alsbrook

Class 43-I-SE 10/1/1943 2nd Lt. 0814188 Kansas City, KS January 31, 1916-January 5, 1998 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron Virtual Museum posting of flight jacket worn

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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

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Lee Andrew Archer, Jr.

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809236 New York, NY Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group September 6, 1919 – January 27, 2010 Tuskegee Airmen

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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 Virtual

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Robert Ashby

Class 45-H-TE 11/20/1945 2nd Lt. 0843351 Jersey City, NJ Born July 17, 1926 Unit: Trained to fly B-25 bomber as part of 477th Bombardment Group

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Ludovic F. Audant

Class 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 Port au Prince Haiti Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group October 12, 1911 – September 23, 1974 Virtual Museum

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Terry Bailey

Terry C. Bailey

Flight Officer Class 45-C-SE 5/23/1945 Flt. Officer T69972 Richmond, VA November 1, 1925 – October 4, 2019 Before 1940, Black people were barred from flying

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Gentry Eugene Barnes

Class 44-D-SE 4/15/1944 2nd Lt. 0828045 Lawrenceville, IL Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Virtual Museum post of 1942 Gentry Eugene Barnes

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Della J. Bassette

Mencie Trotter, Class of 1940 and future instructor at the school, Louise Lomax, Class of 1942, and Della Bassette, Class of 1941, were three of

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Howard Lee Baugh

Class 42-J-SE 11/10/1942 2nd Lt. 0793705 Petersburg, VA January 20, 1920 – August 23, 2008 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Like

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Naomi Bernice Bell

Naomi Bernice Bell was born September 27, 1921 in Sandersville, Georgia. She was the daughter of Arthur and Mamie Hayles Bell. She was in the

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James Everett Bowman

Class 44-K-SE 2/1/1945 Flt. Officer T68699 Des Moines, IA1922– January 13, 2014 Dr. James Bowman graduated from North High school in Des Moines in 1940.

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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 Virtual

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Dr. Harold H. Brown

Class 44-E-SE 5/23/1944 2nd Lt. 0830783 Minneapolis, MNBorn August 19, 1924Unit:  99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd  Fighter Group Harold Brown knew in the 6th grade

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George E. Cisco

Class 44-E-SE 5/23/1944 2nd Lt. 01014831 Alton, IL June 2, 1918 – August 16, 1944 Among the family and friends laid to rest in the Alton,

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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 of the 332nd Fighter Group Among

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James A. Cotten

Special Order 159 29 Jun 49 Lockbourne1927 – August 14, 2020 “I learned about respect. Regardless of what color you are, whether you’re male or

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Charles Madison Crenchaw

African-American mountaineer and veteran flight engineer September 11, 1921 – October 27, 1998 On July 9, 1964, Charles Crenchaw became the first African-American to summit

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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:

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Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

Class 42-C-SE 3/6/1942 Capt. 020146 Tuskegee, ALDecember 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group On December 18, 1912 Benjamin

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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

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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 2nd Lieutenant Lawrence

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