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. 

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

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Amelia Jones

Amelia Jones, Tuskegee Airman By Carol Megathlin, Guest Columnist­­  Nov 11, 2014 At the age of 95, we can be forgiven for not expecting any

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Donald W. Lang, Sr.

May 10, 1923 – September 17th, 2007 Born and raised in Wildwood, FL, Donald Lang trained at the Tuskegee Army Airbase after enlisting in September,

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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

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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 Martin,

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Charles E. McGee

Class 43-F-SE 6/30/1943 2nd Lt. 08071 03 Champaign, IL Born December 7, 1919 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332d Fighter Group 2020 UPDATE: With the

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Frank Herman Moody

December 18, 1921 – April 11, 1944 Class: 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 2nd Lt. 0821917 Los Angeles, CA Unit: 553rd Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Field, MI Virtual Museum

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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

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Cecil Peterson

February 21, 1919-March 15, 2006 Rank: Lieutenant Read his correspondence letters with Eleanor Roosevelt in our Virtual Museum!  If there is a theme to Cecil

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Captain Wendell Pruitt after 70th mission

Wendell Oliver Pruitt

June 20, 1920 – April 15, 1945Class: 42-K-SE 12/13/1942 2nd Lt. 0794600 St. Louis, MOUnit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group St. Louis,

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Della Raney

It’s understandable that Della Raney became known as “Maw Raney” to the nurses she supervised at Tuskegee Army Air Field during World War II. She

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Tuskegee Airman William Rice

William Elwood Rice

December 4, 1923 – Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flight Officer T64641, Swarthmore, PA Unit 332nd Fighter Group Medals The Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, The Presidential

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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Luther Smith

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

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Eugene D. Smith

Red Tail / Angel Combat Pilot “I guess I’ve never been accepted by anybody.  My birth certificate makes me too black for white people; and

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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