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. 

Frank Herman Moody

December 18, 1921 – April 11, 1944 Class: 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 2nd Lt. 0821917 Los Angeles, CA Unit: 553rd Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Field, MI Virtual Museum

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Roland W. Moody

1st Lt Roland W. Moody January 4, 1923 – March 29, 1945 Class: 44-D-SE Graduation Date: April 15, 1944 Graduation Rank: 1st Lt Unit: 332nd

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John Henry Morgan

1st Lt John Henry Morgan June 21, 1920 – January 2, 1944 Class: 42-H-SE Graduation Date: September 6, 1942 Graduation Rank: 1st Lt Unit: 79th

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Woodrow F. Morgan

Woodrow F. Morgan July 25, 1918 – May 29, 2003 Class 43-I-SE Unit 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Captured: July 26, 1944, Austria Prison

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John Ira Mulzac, Sr.

John Ira Mulzac, Sr. Class 44-J-TE October 11, 1923- February 1, 2015 Unit 477th Medium Bombardment Group Lt. Colonel John Mulzac. Colonel Mulzac, or Daddy John

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Nicholas Stewart Neblett

Class 46-C-SE 6/28/1946 2nd Lt. 02082632 Cincinnati, OH December 11, 1920 – November 26, 2014 Two decades before Martin Luther King, Jr. led the freedom march

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Neal Victor Nelson

2d Lt Neal Victor Nelson December 10, 1917 – May 11, 1944 Class: 43-I-SE Graduation Date:  October 1, 1943 Graduation Rank: Unit: 324th Fighter Group, 99th Fighter

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Christopher W. Newman

Christopher W. Newman Class 43-I-SE Graduation Date: 10/1/1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service # 0814201 VIRTUAL MUSEUM “Black Americans In Flight” Mural

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Fitzroy Newsum

Fitzroy “Buck” Newsum May 22, 1918 – January 5, 2013 Class: 43-K-TE Graduation Date: 12/5/1943 Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Service # 0409854 Fitzroy “Buck” Newsum was

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Elton H. Nightingale

2d Lt Elton Henderson Nightingale October 9, 1923 – November 11, 1944 Class:  44-C-SE Graduation Date: March 12, 1944 Graduation Rank: Unit: 332nd Fighter Group,

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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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Sylvester Parrish

Sylvester Bernard Parrish December 9, 1916 – July 9, 2004 Sylvester Parrish was born December 9, 1916 in Danville, Virginia, the son of Clifton 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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Starling B. Penn

Lt. Starling B. Penn April 22, 1921 -November 8, 1999 Class: 43-H-SE Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron Lt. Starling B. Penn spent 10 months in a

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Leland H. Pennington

Flt Officer Leland Hedges Pennington April 7, 1922 – April 21, 1945 Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: August 4, 1944 Graduation Rank: Flight Officer Unit: 332nd

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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.

2d Lt Henry Pollard, Jr. 1919 – May 22, 1944 Class: 43-K-SE Graduation Date: December 5, 1944 Graduation Rank: 2d Lt Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron,

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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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John H. Prowell

1st Lt John Henry Prowell June 28, 1915 – May 24, 1944 Class: 43-B-SE Graduation Date: February 16, 1943 Graduation Rank: 1st Lt Unit: 332nd

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Captain Wendell Pruitt after 70th mission

Wendell Oliver Pruitt

Cpt Wendell Oliver Pruitt June 20, 1920 – April 15, 1945 Class 42-K-SE Graduation Date: December 13, 1942 Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd

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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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James C. Ramsey

Flt Officer James Chapplear Ramsey April 1 1922 – December 2, 1944 Class: 44-E-SE Graduation Date: May 23, 1944 Graduation Rank: Flt Officer Unit: 332nd

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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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Victor L. Ransom 

Victor “Vic” Llewellyn Ransom March 22, 1924 – April 22, 2020 477th Bombardment Group Victor “Vic” Llewellyn Ransom was born in New York City to a

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Lee Rayford 

Capt Lee Rayford April 1, 1918 – April 29, 1967 Class: Class 42-E-SE Graduation Date: May 20, 1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron

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Wallace P. Reed

Cpt Wallace Patillo Reed November 22, 1919 – November 12, 1999 Tuskegee AAF base weather officer Wallace was born on November 22, 1919, in Portsmouth,

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Ronald W. Reeves

2nd Lt Ronald W. Reeves December 29, 1924 – March 24, 1945 Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: August 4, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter

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Tuskegee Airman William Rice

William Elwood Rice

William Elwood Rice December 4, 1923 – Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: 8/4/1944 Unit: Flight Officer with the 332nd Fighter Group Service # T64641 Medals The Air

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Virgil J. Richardson

Virgil J. Richardson Class: 43-F-SE Graduation Date:  6/30/1943 Unit:  332 Squadron Rank: 2nd Lt. Service # 08071 07 Virgil Richardson has blazed his own unique

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Leon C. Roberts

Capt Leon C. “Derailer” Roberts June 29, 1921- July 11, 1944 Class: 42-G-SE Graduation Date: August 5, 1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron

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