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. 

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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James Albert Calhoun

2d Lt James Albert Calhoun March 3, 1917 – September 8, 1944 Class: 44-C-SE Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service # O-82483 James

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William Ayers Campbell

William Ayers Campbell April 12, 1917 – April 24, 2012 Class 42-F-SE 7/3/1942 2nd Lt. 0790453 Tuskegee AL William A. Campbell was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on April

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Gilbert A. Cargill

Gilbert A. Cargill June 4, 1916 – July 15, 2004 Tuskegee Airman, Aviation Pioneer. Gilbert Cargill encountered his first airplane as a youth in Oberlin,

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Floyd Carter Sr.

Floyd Jefferson Carter Sr. November 2, 1922 – March 8, 2018 Class: 46-A-TE Graduation Date: 3/23/1946 Service # T146021 Carter spanned history, from serving in

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Herbert Eugene Carter

Lt Col Herbert E. Carter September 27, 1919 – November 8, 2012 Class: 42-F-SE Graduation Date:7/3/1942 Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group

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Raymond Cassagnol

Raymond Cassagnol Class 43-G-SE September 20, 1920 – June 24, 2023 Born in Port au Prince on September 20, 1920. In 1942, he enrolled in

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John H. Chavis

2d Lt John H. Chavis August 19, 1921 – February 16, 1945 Class: 44-D-SE Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service # O-828047 John

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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 Class: 43-D-SE Graduation date: 4/29/194 Unit: 332nd FG, 301st FS

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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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Granville Coggs

Granville C. Coggs Class: 45-G-TE Graduation date: 10/16/1945 2nd Lt. Serial # 02082572 Granville C. Coggs (July 30, 1925 – May 6, 2019 was born in

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Robert A. Cole

Robert Arthur Cole March 2, 1920 – August 19, 1968 Class: 44-J-SE Flt. Officer Graduation date: 12/28/1944 Rank at time of graduation: Flt. Officer 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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William M. Cousins

William M. Cousins July 21, 1923 – May 15, 2014 Class: 44-H-SE Graduation date: September 8, 1944 Service # 0838027 Cousins was born on July

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Hannibal Cox

Hannibal M. Cox, Jr. March 21, 1923 – December 23, 1988 Class: 44-D-SE Graduation date: 4/15/1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service #

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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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Roscoe J. Dabney Jr.

Roscoe J. Dabney Jr. December 28, 1922 – September 8, 2018 Class: 45-F-TE Graduation date: 9/8/1945 Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Service # 0843244 Roscoe J.

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Robert Daniels, Jr.

Robert H. Daniels, Jr. DOB unknown – 1987 Class: 43-K-SE Graduation date: 12/5/1943 Rank at time of graduation: Unit: 2nd Lt. Service # 0817582 From:

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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 Davis

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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Ralph Hickman Davis

Ralph H. Davis February 5, 1915  – November 16, 200 Davis served at the Tuskegee Airfield throughout World War II as a mechanic. The senior

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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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Wilfred DeFour

Wilfred DeFour April 12, 1918 – December 8, 2018 Wilfred DeFour was an aircraft technician and member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African

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Robert W. Deiz

2nd Lt. Robert W Deiz June 17, 1919 – April 6, 1992 Class: 42-H-SE Graduation Date: 9/6/1942 Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter

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