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. 

Cornelius G. Rogers

1st Lt Cornelius George Rogers February 27, 1921- June 12, 1944 Class: 43-G-SE Graduation Date: July 28, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 301st Fighter Squadron

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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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Roger Romine

1st Lt Roger Romine July 30, 1920 – November 16, 1944 Class: 43-H-SE Graduation Date: August 30, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 301st Fighter Squadron

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Sherman Twitchell Rose

Flight Instructor September 25, 1919 – August 20, 2008 Virtual Museum mural Sherman Rose was born in Missouri and graduated from Washington High School in

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Mac Ross

Capt Mac Ross June 7, 1912 – July 10, 1944 Class 42-C-SE Graduation Date: March 6, 1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service

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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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Harvey F. Sanford

Harvey F. Sanford 1926-2016 Unit: 385th Army Air Force Base Unit Harvey was born on Hammond Street in Boston’s South End in 1926 to Oswald

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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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Earl Sherard

Earl Sylvester Sherard, Jr. February 15, 1924 – July 1, 1983 Class: 43 J-SE Graduation Date: 11/3/1943 Unit: Service # 0814837 Earl Sherard was born in Columbus, Ohio

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Wilmeth Sidat-Singh

Lt. Wilmeth Sidat-Singh March 13, 1918 – May 9, 1943 Class 43-C-SE Graduation Date: March 25, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group Service # O-798952 A

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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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Alphonso Simmons

1st Lt Alphonso Simmons March 25, 1919 – March 3, 1945 Class: 43-I-SE Graduation Date: October 1, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron

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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 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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Luther H. Smith

2nd Lt Luther Henry Smith September 27, 1920 – December 9, 2009 Class: 43-E-SE Unit: 302nd Fighter Squadron Character. What we do with what we’ve

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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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Leon ‘Woodie’ Spears

2Lt Leon ‘Woodie’ Spears Class 44-F-SE January 15, 1924 – May 12, 2008 Unit 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. Leon ‘Woodie” Spears was born

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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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John W. Squires

Flt Officer John Wilburn Squires February 26, 1925 – June 28, 1945 Class: 44-H-SE Graduation Date: September 8, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter

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Arnett W. Starks Jr.

Arnett Wayman Starks Jr. December 1, 1919 – April 1, 1946 Class: 44-E-SE Graduation Date: 5/23/1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service #

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Dudley W. Stevenson

Col Dudley Wardell Stevenson May 11, 1918 – October 5, 1982 99th Fighter Squadron communications officer Dudley Stevenson was a pre-Pearl Harbor enlistee into the U.

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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

Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr. 1927 – Class: 44-F-SE Graduation Date: 6/27/1944 Unit: 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group Service # 0835330 While

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Lt Roosevelt Stiger

Roosevelt Stiger

2nd Lt Roosevelt Stiger March 24, 1919 – October 7, 1944 Class 44-C-SE Graduation Date: March 12, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter Control

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Norvell Stoudmire

2nd Lt Norvell Stoudmire January 1, 1921- March 31, 1944 Class: 43-H-SE Graduation Date: August 30, 1943 Graduation Rank: Second Lieutenant Unit: 332nd Fighter Group,

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Thomas C. Street

2nd LT Thomas Calvin Street October 17, 1924- February 11, 1945 Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: August 4, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron

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Donald Summerlin

Chief Master Sgt. Donald Summerlin January 29, 1943 – March 23, 2019 Aircraft engine mechanic and flight engineer “The Department of War said that we

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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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Elmer W. Taylor

2nd Lt Elmer Walker Taylor March 27, 1918 – June 2, 1944 Class:  43-G-SE Graduation Date: July 28, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter

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