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. 

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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Horace A. Bohannon

Horace Augustus Bohannon, Sr. August 22, 1922 – May 14, 2003 Class: 44-J Single Engine Horace Augustus Bohannon, Sr. was born on August 22, 1922,

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Edgar L. Bolden 

Edgar L. Bolden June 1, 1926 – March 4, 2007 Class 43-K-SE Bolden was born June 1, 1921, in Arlington, VA. After graduating from Armstrong

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George R. Bolling I

George R. Bolling I August 4, 1920 – March 22, 2007 Class: 42-F-SE Graduation Date: 7/3/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service #

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Kathryn Y. Bough

Even though her picture spells her name as “Baugh.” Bough’s daughter corrects it to “Bough.” Kathryn Y. Bough was also listed in the 1942 yearbook,

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Leroy Bowman

1LT Leroy Bowman Class 43-C-SE November 2, 1921 – February 26, 2014 Growing up in Sumter county, South Carolina, young Leroy Bowman dreamed of flying

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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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George Gantt Bowser

Major George Gantt Bowser March 31, 1914 – February 2, 1949 Thank you to Alan J. Smith for submitting this information Researcher, Cabinda Consulting Our

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Clarence H. Bradford 

Capt. Clarence H. Bradford  Class: 43-K-SE Graduation Date: 12/5/1943 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron Service # 0817581 2d Lt Clarence H. Bradford graduated from advanced flight

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John R. Branch

John (Booty) Roger Branch January 26, 1920 – May 1, 2018 Branch was born Jan. 26, 1920 in Keswick, Virginia. As a private first class,

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Fred L. Brewer Jr.

Fred Lorenzo Brewer, Jr. August 4, 1921 – October 29, 1944 Class: 44-C-SE Graduation date: 3/12/1944 Rank at time of graduation: 2nd Lt Unit: 100th

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Sidney P. Brooks

2d Lt Sidney P. Brooks November 24, 1918 – September 19, 1943 Class: 42-D-SE Graduation Date: 4/29/1942 Unit: 33rd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service

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Milton Reed Brooks

Milton Reed Brooks Class 43-E-SE 5/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0804547 Glassport PA November 11, 1916 – March 3, 1965 Captain Milton Reed Brooks was born ironically

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Dr. Harold H. Brown

Harold H. Brown Class 44-E-SE August 19, 1924 – January 12, 2023 Unit:  99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd  Fighter Group Harold Brown knew in

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James B. Brown

2d Lt James B. Brown 1921 – May 27, 1944 Class: 43-J-SE Unit: 324th Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service #: O-814825 Hometown: Los Angeles,

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Roger Bartlett Brown

2nd Lieutenant Roger Bartlett Brown 1917 -June 14, 1944 Class: 43-J-SE Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Service # O-814826 Hometown: Glencoe,

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Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. 

Roscoe Conkling Brown, Jr.March 9, 1922 – July 2, 2016Class 44-C-SE100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Former pilot and Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.

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Gene C. Browne

2nd Lt. Gene C. Browne March 31, 1924 – February 22, 2002 Class: 43-I-SE Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. Captured: July

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Samuel Martin Bruce

2d Lt Samuel Martin Bruce December 7, 1915 – January 27, 1944 Class 42-H-SE Unit: 79th Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service # O-792417 In

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Jack D. Bryant

Jack David Bryant June 5, 1927 – December 20, 2016 Growing up in Dowagiac, Michigan, Jack Bryant knew he wanted to be a pilot. According

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Rusty Burns

Isham Albert “Rusty” Burns In 1925, a study from the Army War College concluded that African Americans “lacked the ability to pilot combat aircraft” and were “inferior

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Alton A. Burton

Alton A. Burton November 25, 1925 – November 1, 2018 Alton was born November 25, 1925, in Washington Heights, a northern portion of the borough

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Charles Bussey

Charles Bussey April 23, 1921 – October 26, 2003 Class: 43-E-SE Graduation date: 5/28/1943 Rank at time of graduation: 2nd Lt Service # 0804548 Unit:

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Jewel B. Butler, Sr.

Major Jewel Barton Butler, Sr. June 6, 1922 – December 13, 1992 Class: 46-A-SE Graduation Date: 3/23/1946 Service # 02078770 Major Jewel Barton Butler, Sr.

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James Bynum

SMSgt James Bynum January 6, 1921 – April 29, 2022 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group at Lockbourne, Ohio James Lee Bynum was born on a farm

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Richard C. Caesar

Richard Cornelius Caesar April 12, 1918 – December 20, 2011 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron Richard Cornelius Caesar was a prominent San Francisco, California dentist, philanthropist/civic

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