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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William Handy Accoo

William Handy Accoo October 14, 1914 – August 27, 2008 William Accoo was drafted into the service in 1942 and fought with distinction for the

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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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Judge Albert Jr.

MSgt Judge Albert Jr. July 22, 1927 – March 20, 2015 When Judge Albert Jr. joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1945, it

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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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Walter G. Alexander, II

Walter Gilbert Alexander, II 1922- 2009 Class:  45-D-SE Graduation Date:  6/27/1945 Service #: 0842999 Walter Gilbert Alexander II was born in 1922 in Petersburg, Virginia.

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Clarence W. Allen

2nd Lt. Clarence W. Allen 1919 – July 29, 1970 Class: 43-C-SE Graduation Date: 3/25/1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service # 0798941

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John E. Allen

MSGT John Edward Allen July 23, 1929 – July 30, 2013 A resident of New Mexico after retiring, Mr. Allen was drafted into the Army

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William N. Alsbrook

2nd Lt. William Noel Alsbrook January 31, 1916-January 5, 1998 Class: 43-I-SE Graduation Date: 10/1/1943 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron Service # 0814188  Visit our Virtual

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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 July 17, 1926 – March 5, 2021 Unit: Trained to fly B-25 bomber as part of

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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

2nd Lt. Howard Lee Baugh January 20, 1920 – August 23, 2008 Class: 42-J-SE Graduation Date: 11/10/1942 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter

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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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William Bennett

William Bennett 1921-2011 In 2007, William “Bucko’’ Bennett was among a cadre of then unsung airmen called to Washington, where President George W. Bush was

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Joseph B. Bennett

Cpt Joseph Bruce Bennett December 18, 1927 – January 13, 2021 Class: 45-I-SE Graduation Date: 1/29/1946 Service # 02102013 Joseph was born on December 18,

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William V. Bibb

William Vinson Bibb May 6, 1926 – February 5, 1955 Class: 45-H-TE Graduation Date: 11/20/1945 Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Service # 0843352 Captain William Vinson

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George W. Biggs

Major George W. Biggs July 2, 1925 – Sept. 19, 2020 Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Born George Washington Biggs in Nogales, Arizona, on July 2,

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Alice P. Binford

Second Lieutenant Alice P. Binford was a dispensary nurse on the base. According to the station hospital roster, she had been promoted to first lieutenant

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Edward Bishop

Edward Bishop was one of my classmates in Class 44H at Tuskegee Army airfield. Bishop was our class leader and being that we were the

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Frederick H. Black

Dr. Frederick H. Black One of the first weathermen for the Tuskegee Airmen An Alumnus of Fisk University Dr. Black has earned two degrees in

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Elliott Howard Blue

Elliott Howard Blue Class 44-A-TE Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Elliott Blue was from Hampton, Virginia. He was Tuskegee Airmen pilot who graduated from advanced flight training

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