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. 

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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Ruth Speight

Tuskegee Airman Nurse Ruth Speight You will also find 2LT Ruth Speight in the 1942 yearbook. She was a surgical nurse at Tuskegee Army Air

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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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Lt Roosevelt Stiger

Lt Roosevelt Stiger

Class 44-C-SE 3/12/1944 2nd Lt. 0824842 Jackson, MI DOB – Oct 7, 1944 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron with the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot roster listing 

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Alva Temple

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809256 Carrollton, AL September 5, 1917 – August 28, 2004 Alva Temple was born in Carrollton, Alabama and studied Agricultural

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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 listing Virtual Museum

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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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Edward Lucien Toppins

Class 42-H-SE 9/6/1942 2nd Lt. 0792425 San Francisco, CA Virtual Museum: Captain Edward Toppins registration card and internment documents Imagine being an American World War II pilot

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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 Pilot roster listing https://www.redtail.org/the-tuskegee-airmen/tuskegee-airmen-roster-2/  

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Lt. Robert H. Wiggins

Robert H. Wiggins

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809259 New York, NY DOB unknown – October 7, 1944 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron, part of the 332nd Fighter Group

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Leonard R. Willette

Class 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 Flt. Officer T62308 Belleville. NJ Leonard R. Willette was born March 17, 1921 in Belleville, NJ, the second of six children of Lawrence

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Robert W. Williams

September 21, 1922 – September 8, 1997 Class: 44-E-SE 5/23/1944 2nd Lt. 0830797 Ottumwa, IA Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Pilot

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Kenneth O. Wofford

Class 45-C-SE 5/23/1945 2nd Lt. 0842888 Springfield, MO November 22, 1922 – September 5, 2010 Kenneth Wofford, Sr. was born 22 November 1922 to Clarence

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Carrol S. Woods

1919 – November 20, 2007 Class: 43-H-SE 8/30/1943 2nd Lt. 0811294 Valdosta GA Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron Pilot roster listing Carrol Woods was born in

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Howard A. Wooten

Class 44-J-TE 12/28/1944 Flt. Officer T67985 Lovelady, TX Perhaps you might recognize this familiar photo. A young aviator ready to serve his country in the air

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