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. 

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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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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Percy Ellis Sutton

Percy Ellis Sutton November 24, 1920 – December 26, 2009 Percy Sutton became one of America’s best-known lawyers in the 1950s and ’60s, representing controversial

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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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Lucius Theus

MG Lucius Theus October 11, 1922 – October 15, 2007 Major General Lucius Theus was the first African-American combat support officer to be promoted General

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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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George Watson, Sr.

Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) George Watson, Sr. August 10, 1920 – June 19, 2017 Supply Sergeant and Support Personnel for the 332nd Fighter Group

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Luke Weathers, Jr.

Luke Weathers, Jr. December 16, 1920 – October 15, 2011 Class 43-D-SE Unit 332nd Fighter Group Weathers was born December 16, 1920, in Grenada, Mississippi.

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Johnson C. Wells

Johnson C. Wells 1920 – September 28, 1943 Class 43-F-SE Second Lieutenant Johnson C. Wells was a Tuskegee Airman whose death cut short a promising

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Yenwith K. Whitney 

Yenwith K. Whitney December 22, 1924 – April 12, 2011 Class 44-F-SE Unit 301st Fighter Squadron. “I wasn’t concerned about what anyone thought about me.

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Lt. Robert H. Wiggins

Robert H. Wiggins

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

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