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. 

Arnett W. Starks Jr.

Arnett Wayman Starks Jr. December 1, 1919 – April 1, 1946 Class: 44-E-SE Graduation Date: 5/23/1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service #

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Dudley W. Stevenson

Col Dudley Wardell Stevenson May 11, 1918 – October 5, 1982 99th Fighter Squadron communications officer Dudley Stevenson was a pre-Pearl Harbor enlistee into the U.

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Lowell C. Steward

2nd Lt Lowell C. Steward February 25, 1919 – December 17, 2014 Class: 43-G-SE Graduation Date: 7/28/1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service

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Harry T. Stewart Jr

Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr. June 27, 1927 – Class: 44-F-SE Graduation Date: 6/27/1944 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Service #

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Lt Roosevelt Stiger

Roosevelt Stiger

2nd Lt Roosevelt Stiger March 24, 1919 – October 7, 1944 Class 44-C-SE Graduation Date: March 12, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter Control

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Norvell Stoudmire

2nd Lt Norvell Stoudmire January 1, 1921- March 31, 1944 Class: 43-H-SE Graduation Date: August 30, 1943 Graduation Rank: Second Lieutenant Unit: 332nd Fighter Group,

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Thomas C. Street

2nd LT Thomas Calvin Street October 17, 1924- February 11, 1945 Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: August 4, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron

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John J. Suggs

John J. Suggs October 8, 1915 – October 10, 2013 Class: 43-E-SE Graduation date: 5/28/1943 Rank at time of graduation: 2nd Lt. Unit: 302nd Fighter

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Donald Summerlin

Chief Master Sgt. Donald Summerlin January 29, 1943 – March 23, 2019 Aircraft engine mechanic and flight engineer “The Department of War said that we

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Percy Ellis Sutton

Percy Ellis Sutton November 24, 1920 – December 26, 2009 Percy Sutton became one of America’s best-known lawyers in the 1950s and ’60s, representing controversial

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Charles W. Tate

Charles W. Tate October 18, 1922 – November 18, 2005 Class: 43-H-SE Graduation Date: 8/30/1943 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Service

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Elmer W. Taylor

2nd Lt Elmer Walker Taylor March 27, 1918 – June 2, 1944 Class:  43-G-SE Graduation Date: July 28, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter

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Alva Temple

Alva Temple September 5, 1917 – August 28, 2004 Class 43-G-SE Graduation Date: 7/28/1943 Service # 0809256 Carrollton, A Alva Temple was born in Carrollton,

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Roger Cecil Terry

Roger Cecil Terry August 13, 1921 – June 11, 2009 Class: 44-K-TE 2/1/1945 2nd Lt. 0841165 Los Angeles, CA Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Pilot roster

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Lucius Theus

MG Lucius Theus October 11, 1922 – October 15, 2007 Major General Lucius Theus was the first African-American combat support officer to be promoted General

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Levi Thornhill

Major Levi Thornhill September 12, 1922 – September 10, 2020 “Give them (youth) motivation, if the mind is excited about something, it explores it more.”

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Richard E. Thorpe

2nd Lt Richard E. Thorpe September 30, 1924 – April 6, 1945 Class: 44-I-1-SE Graduation Date: 10/16/1944 Unit: Service # O838163 Richard Thorpe was assigned

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Herbert Thorpe

Herbert Thorpe January 14, 1923 – Class: 45-G-TE Graduation date: 10/16/1945 Service # 02080935 Mr. Herbert Thorpe was born in New York City and raised

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Edward Lucien Toppins

Edward L. Toppins June 12, 1915 – December 10, 1946 Class: 42-H-SE Graduation date: 9/6/1942 Rank at time of graduation: 2nd Lt. Unit:  332nd Fighter

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Andrew D. Turner

January 6, 1920-September 14, 1947 Class: 42-I-SE 10/9/1942 2nd Lt. 0792787 Washington, DC Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group Photo: Captain (later Major) Andrew

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Abbie Voorhies

Abbie Voorhies

Abbie Voorhies was born on August 20, 1915, in Moreauville, Louisiana and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. She was a graduate of Kansas City General Hospital

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Quitman C. Walker

1st Lt. Quitman Charles Walker June 21, 1919 – November 19, 1944 Class: 43-A-SE Graduation Date: January 14, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter

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James Alonzo Walker

James Alonzo Walker September 20, 1918 – August 23, 2004 Class 43-E-SE Graduation date: 5/28/1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group Service # 0804562 Born in Manning,

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Frank Walker

Lieutenant Frank Douglas Walker December 28, 1919 – April 28, 2013 Class: 43-F-SE Graduation date: 6/30/1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 301st Fighter Squadron Service #

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James C. Warren

Lt. Col. James C. Warren August 16, 1923 – May 17, 2014 James C. “Jim” Warren was a member of the world famous “Tuskegee Airmen”

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George L. Washington

George Leward Washington DOB – June 4, 1983 George Leward Washington ’25, MS ’30 earned his Bachelors (1925) and Masters (1930), both in Mechanical Engineering (Course

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George Watson, Sr.

Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) George Watson, Sr. August 10, 1920 – June 19, 2017 Supply Sergeant and Support Personnel for the 332nd Fighter Group

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Spann Watson

Spann Watson August 14, 1916 – April 15, 2010 Class: 42-F-SE Graduation Date: 7/3/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th’s Operations Officer Service # 0790467 Spann

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Luke Weathers, Jr.

Luke Weathers, Jr. December 16, 1920 – October 15, 2011 Class 43-D-SE Unit 332nd Fighter Group Weathers was born December 16, 1920, in Grenada, Mississippi.

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Johnson C. Wells

Johnson C. Wells 1920 – September 28, 1943 Class 43-F-SE Second Lieutenant Johnson C. Wells was a Tuskegee Airman whose death cut short a promising

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Walter D. Westmoreland

1st Lt Walter Drake Westmoreland June 15, 1920 – October 12, 1944 Class: 43-G-SE Graduation Date: July 28, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter

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Jimmie D. Wheeler

1st Lt Jimmie Douglas Wheeler DOB- March 16, 1945 Class: 44-D-SE Graduation Date: April 15, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service #

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William M. Wheeler

2nd Lt William M. Wheeler August 20, 1923 – July 19, 2011 Class: 44-C-SE Graduation Date: 3/12/1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter Squadron Service

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Hugh J. White

Captain Hugh J. White August 24, 1922 – December 14, 1979 Class: 44-F-SE Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron of the 322nd Fighter Group Captain White was born

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Ferrier H. White

2nd Lt Ferrier H. White October 12, 1921 – April 5, 1945 Class: 44-I-SE Graduation Date: October 16, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter

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