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. 

Alexander Jefferson

Class 44-A-SE 1/7/1944 2nd Lt. 0819461 Detroit, MI Date of birth: November 15, 1921 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Tuskegee Airman pilot,

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Charles B. Johnson

2nd Lt Charles B. Johnson DOB unknown – June 24, 1944 Class: 43-I-SE Graduation Date: October 1, 1943 Graduation Rank: Second Lieutenant Unit: 332nd Fighter

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Theodore Johnson

Theodore Johnson March 22, 1924 1 February 16, 2020 Theodore Johnson made a mark on history as a Tuskegee Airman, but he didn’t talk much about his experiences until

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Carl C. Johnson

Carl C. Johnson Carl Johnson was born in Bellaire, Ohio, where he grew up right across the river from Wheeling, W.Va. His high school was

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Edward Johnson

Edward Johnson February 26, 1916 – June 18, 2019 Edward Johnson was born February 26, 1916 in Madison Station, Mississippi, the second of 5 brothers.

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Edgar Leon Jones

2nd Lt Edgar Leon Jones May 23, 1923 – April 24, 1944 Class:  43-I-SE Graduation Date: October 1, 1943 Graduation Rank: Second Lieutenant Unit: 332nd

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Elmer Jones

February 16, 1918– January 1, 2013 As we know, not all Tuskegee Airmen were pilots. Many were support personnel, and in the case of Col

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Herbert H. Jones, Jr.

November 9, 1923 – August 2020 Former Tuskegee Airman, Flight Instructor/Owner, and President of International Air Association Herbert H. Jones Jr. career in aviation, spanning

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Amelia Jones

Amelia Jones, Tuskegee Airman By Carol Megathlin, Guest Columnist­­  Nov 11, 2014 At the age of 95, we can be forgiven for not expecting any

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Edward Laird

2nd Lt Edward Laird February 12, 1921 – June 28, 1944 Class: 43-J-SE Graduation Date: November 3, 1943 Graduation Rank: Second Lieutenant Unit: 332nd Fighter

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Donald W. Lang, Sr.

May 10, 1923 – September 17th, 2007 Born and raised in Wildwood, FL, Donald Lang trained at the Tuskegee Army Airbase after enlisting in September,

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John H. Leahr

1st Lieutenant John H. Leahr Class 43-G-SE Pilot Training, Military Life, Awards and Post Career Red Tail Angel / Combat Pilot May 17, 1920 –

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Lemuel Lewie Jr.

Lemuel Lewie Jr. First lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps 477th Bomber Group, and trained as a bombardier, pilot, navigator, machine gun operator and radio communicator

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John Robert Lindsey

Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) John Robert Lindsey Mechanic, Gunnery Radio Operator and Celestial Navigator John R. Lindsay entered military service on 4 December 1942. 

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Wilbur F. Long

2nd Lt Wilbur F. Long March 16, 1920 – February 11, 1988 Class: 44-B-SE Unit: 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Squadron Wilbur Franklin

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Wendell M. Lucas

“Tall in the Saddle” was the P-51D Mustang assigned to Captain Wendell M. Lucas of the 99th FS, 332nd FG in 1945. When Lucas completed

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Edward Lunda

Edward Lunda August 14, 1923 – November 3, 2017 The war ended before Edward Lunda could be sent into battle, but the fact that he

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John Herbert Lyle

John Herbert “Jack” Lyle November 7, 1920 – January 5, 2019 Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flt. Officer T64638 Chicago, IL Jack graduated from Englewood High School,

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Frank Macon

Frank Macon 1923 – November 22, 2020 Frank Macon applied to the Civilian Air Patrol while still in high school and soloed from the airfield

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Hiram E. Mann

Class 44-F-SE 6/27/1944 2nd Lt. 0830329 Cleveland, OH May 23, 1921 – May 17, 2014 Unit: Initially assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron, reassigned to

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Robert L. Martin

Class 44-A-SE 1/7/1944 2nd Lt. 0819462 Dubuque, IA February 9, 1919 – July 26, 2018 Unit: 100th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group Martin,

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Walter L. McCreary

Walter L. McCreary 1918 – 2015 Class 43-C-SE Unit 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Walter McCreary’s daughter likes to joke that her father loved

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Charles E. McGee

Class 43-F-SE 6/30/1943 2nd Lt. 08071 03 Champaign, IL Born December 7, 1919 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332d Fighter Group 2020 UPDATE: With the

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Ivan James McRae

Ivan James McRae, Jr. 617th Bombardment Squadron of the 477th Medium Bombardment Group August 19, 1923 – November 29, 2016 Thank you to Brian McRae,

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