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 A. Derricotte

Eugene “Gene” Derricotte June 14, 1926 – March 31, 2023 Class: 46-B-TE Graduation date: 5/14/1946 From: Detroit MI Dr. Derricotte was born June 14, 1926

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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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Wilson Eagleson

Lt. Wilson Vash “Swampy” Eagleson II February 1, 1920 – April 16, 2006 Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801165 Bloomington IL  “Someone asked me once what

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Jerome Thompson Edwards

Profile of Tuskegee Airmen brothers Jerome and John “Ellis” Edwards Jerome Thompson Edwards December 26, 1918 – May 7, 1943 Class: SE-42-J Graduation Date: 11/10/1942

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John Edwards

John “Ellis” Edwards 1922 – June 3, 1979 Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: 8/4/1944 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron, part of the 332nd Fighter Group Service #

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Leslie Edwards, Jr.

SSgt Leslie Edwards, Jr.Flight Chief of Flight A in the 617th Bombardment Squadron, 477th Comp GroupAugust 9, 1924 – September 23, 2019 “Our ‘excellence’ is

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Spurgeon Ellington

1LT Spurgeon Neal Ellington October 17, 1919 – December 10, 1945 Class 43-E-SE 332nd Fighter Group – 99th Fighter Squadron – 15th Air Force Spurgeon

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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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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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James Ewing

James Ewing Flt. Officer Class: 44-F-TE Graduation date: 6/27/1944 Unit: 477th Bombardier Group Service # T64271 Arkansas produced two flight officers (F/Os), or navigators, during

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Herven Exum

Herven Exum November 6, 1921 – August 18, 2013 Class: 44-I-1-TE Graduation date: 10/16/1944 Rank at time of graduation: Flt. Officer Service # T66409 From:

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Arthur O’Neil Fisher

Arthur O’Neil Fisher November 12, 1919 – 2002 Class: 44-53-B Graduation Date: 29 December 1944 Unit: 477th Bombardier Squadron He went into pilot training at

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John Flanagan

John Flanagan, Jr. 1923 – 2019 Sgt. Flanagan joined the United States Army as a teenager, and first served as a communications technician as part

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Charles H. Flowers

Charles H. Flowers, II “Tiger” August 8, 1918 – January 28, 2011 Flowers joined the Army Air Corps in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1941. He was

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Samuel Jerome Foreman

2d Lt Samuel Jerome Foreman DOB unknown – January 21, 1945 Class: 44-E-SE Graduation Date: May 23, 1944 Graduation Rank: Flight Officer Unit: 332nd Fighter

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Marjorie A. Franklin

According to the July 15,1946 station hospital roster, Marjorie A. Franklin was a first lieutenant and had separated from the service. Janet Tarolli, a Michigan

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Julius Freeman

  Julius Freeman April 27, 1927 – July 22, 2016 Freeman, a Kentucky native, became a fixture at schools and civic organizations in Queens and

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Robert Jones Friend

Class 43-K-SE 12/5/1943 2nd Lt. 0817584 New York, NY February 29, 1920 – June 21, 2019 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group

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Frederick D. Funderburg

1st Lt Frederick D. Funderburg March 13, 1922 – December 29, 1944 Class: 43-K-SE Graduation Date: December 5, 1943 Graduation Rank: First Lieutenant Unit: 332nd

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Roger Bertram Gaiter

1st Lt. Roger Bertram Gaiter June 6, 1922 – November 5, 2006 Class: 44-B-SE Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Captured: November

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Morris E. Gant

Flight Officer Morris E. Gant February 22, 1923 – April 15, 1945 Class: 44-H-SE Graduation Date: September 8, 1944 Graduation Rank: Flight Officer Unit: 332nd

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Percy Clarence Gary

SSgt Percy Clarence Gary May 9, 1911 – November 24, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Percy was born in 1911 to Reuben

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Callie O. Gentry

A woman’s perspective of serving with the Tuskegee Airmen support personnel “Whatever you’ve read about segregation, it was that and then some.” ~ Mrs. Callie

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