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. 

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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Herbert V. Clark 

Major Herbert Vanallen Clark  March 16, 1919 – January 25, 2003 Class: 42-F-SE Graduation Date: 7/3/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service #

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James Coleman

James Coleman April 24, 1924 – June 15, 1945 Class 44-H-SE Unit 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service # O-838026 During his service in World

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Melvin S. Copeland

Melvin S. Copeland September 4, 1924 – June 25, 2021 Munition’s specialist 99th Fighter Squadron “I wasn’t drafted. I joined the Army because I loved this

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Wilson Albert Copeland

Wilson Albert Copeland August 27, 1917 – October 31,1991 Adjutant Officer assigned to the B25 Bombers at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan Wilson Albert

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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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Ernest Craigwell Jr.

Col. Ernest Craigwell Jr.October 24, 1926 – April 9, 2011 Col. Ernest Craigwell Jr. served in the armed forces from 1945 until his retirement in

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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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Woodrow Wilson Crockett

Woodrow Wilson CrockettAugust 31, 1918 – August 16, 2012Class 43-C-SE 3/25Units: 100th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group Woodrow Wilson Crockett was born on August 31,

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Lemuel Rodney Custis

Lemuel Rodney Custis 1915 – February 24, 2005 Class: 42-C-SE Graduation Date: 3/6/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service # 0441128 Lemuel Rodney

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Harry Jay Daniels

2d Lt. Harry Jay Daniels February 27, 1916 – May 18, 1945 Class 43-H-SE Unit 332nd Fighter Group, 301st Fighter Squadron Service # O-811240 2d

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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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Cornelius

Cornelius Davis March 12, 1921 – On Friday, May 3, 2013 the State of Florida passes a resolution honoring Tuskegee Airman Cornelius Davis. Below is

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Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis Jr. December 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002 Class: 42-C-SE Graduation Date: 3/6/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Pursuit Squadron Service #

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Alfonza W. Davis

Capt Alfonza W. Davis September 23, 1919- October 29, 1944 Class 43-C-SE Unit 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service # O-79894 Captain Alfonza W.

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Claude C. Davis

Claude C. Davis 1920 – April 30, 2012 Class 44-G-TE Claude C. Davis graduated from Tuskegee as part of Class 44G in 1944.  Like many

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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

Cpt Lawrence E. Dickson 1920 – Dec. 23, 1944 Class 43-C-SE Unit 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service #  0-798945   2nd Lieutenant Lawrence

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Othell Dickson

2nd Lt Othell Dickson DOB unknown – June 28, 1944 Class: 43-C-SE Graduation Date: 12/5/1943 Graduation Rank: 2nd Lt. Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 301st Fighter

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Charles Joseph Dorkins

Class 45-A-TE 3/11/1945 2nd Lt. 0841269 Baltimore, MD December 16, 1922 – April 9, 2018 Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Photographer, cinematographer and author Charles Dorkins was born

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Andrew Harrison Doswell

Andrew Harrison DoswellClass: SE-43-H 8/30/19432nd Lt. 0811246January 18, 1918 – July 29, 1988 Andrew Harrison Doswell played many roles during his 70 years – husband,

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Elizabeth T. Dozier

Just like all the other Tuskegee Army Angels of Mercy, Elizabeth T. Dozier arrived at Tuskegee Army Flying School (TAAF) as a second lieutenant in

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Roscoe DuBois Draper

Roscoe DuBois Draper, flight instructor May 14, 1919 – Williams became one of a handful of “triple-rated” Tuskegee Airmen. He earned all three wings—in navigation,

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Charles W. Dryden

Charles W. Dryden September 16, 1920 – June 24, 2008 Class: 42-D-SE Graduation Date: 4/29/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Pursuit Squadron Service # 0789119

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Irma Cameron Dryden

Irma Cameron Dryden1920 – September 17, 2020 As the Tuskegee Airmen fought for their place in the skies during World War II, they were supported

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Alwayne M. Dunlap

2nd Lt Alwayne M. Dunlap 1920 – February 21, 1944 Class: 43-C-SE Graduation Date: March 25, 1943 Graduation Rank: 2nd Lt Unit: 332nd Fighter Group,

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Jerome Thompson Edwards

Profile of Tuskegee Airmen brothers Jerome and John “Ellis” Edwards Jerome Thompson Edwards Class 42J-SE 11/10/1942 2nd Lt. 0793707 Steubenville, OH December 26, 1918 – May

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Leslie Edwards, Jr.

Flight Chief of Flight A in the 617th Bombardment Squadron August 9, 1924 – September 23, 2019 “Our ‘excellence’ is proof that those who believed

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Thomas Marvin Ellis

The first enlisted administrative clerk of the 301st Fighter Squadron!  June 29, 1920  – January 2, 2018 More than a decade before Rosa Parks refused

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John Ellis Edwards

Profile of Tuskegee Airmen brothers Jerome and John “Ellis” Edwards John “Ellis” Edwards Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835407 Steubenville, OH 1922 – June 3, 1979

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Maurice V. Esters

1st Lt Maurice V. Esters June 12, 1921- June 27, 1945 Class: 43-E-SE Graduation Date: May 28, 1943 Graduation Rank: 1st Lt Unit: 332nd Fighter

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