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. 

Christopher W. Newman

Christopher W. Newman Class 43-I-SE 10/1/1943 2nd Lt. 0814201 St. Louis, MO 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group VIRTUAL MUSEUM “Black Americans In

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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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Alix Pasquet 

November 14, 1919 – July 29, 1958 Alix Pasquet was a World War II fighter pilot, one of only five Haitian members of the Tuskegee Airmen, a soccer star, and a

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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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Henry Pollard, Jr.

Henry Pollard, Jr. 1919 – May 22, 1944 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group Henry Pollard, Jr. was born in 1919 in rural Georgia

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William S. Powell, Jr.

William S. Powell, Jr. June 23, 1925 – April 15, 1996 Class 45-B-SE 4/15/1945 Flt. Officer T69747 Eggertsville, NY Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron, 477th Composite Wing William

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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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Lincoln J. Ragsdale, Sr.

Lincoln J. Ragsdale, Sr. July 27, 1926 – June 9, 1995 Class 45-H-SE Dr. Lincoln J. Ragsdale, Sr. was an influential leader in the Phoenix-area Civil Rights Movement.

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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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Wilmeth Sidat-Singh

2nd Lt. Wilmeth Sidat-Singh March 13, 1918 – May 9, 1943 Class 43-C-SE A celebrated African-American athlete at Syracuse University in the 1930s and an

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Rudolf Silas

July 11, 1946 – March 2021 Rudolf Silas was born in Lehigh, Oklahoma and joined the Army Air Corps on July 11, 1946. After basic

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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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Joseph W. Sparks

Joseph W. SparksUnit: 617th Bombardment Squadron of the 477th Composite Group This text is taken from the Honorable Discharge document sent to us from Joseph W.

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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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