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. 

Price D. Rice

Price D. Rice October 22, 1916 – February 21, 1999 Class: 42-I-SE Graduation date: 10/9/1942 Rank at time of graduation: 2nd Lt. Unit: 99th Fighter

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Tuskegee Airman William Rice

William Elwood Rice

William Elwood Rice December 4, 1923 – November 27, 2022 Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: 8/4/1944 Unit: Flight Officer with the 332nd Fighter Group Service #

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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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Everett Richardson

Lt. Everett Emerson Richardson April 27th, 1917 – DOD Unit: 477th Bombardment Group Service # 0-713053 From: Philadelphia, PA Lt. Everett Emerson Richardson was a

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Eugene Richardson

2nd Lt. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr Class: 45-A-SE Graduation Date: 3/11/1945 Service # 0841261  Dr. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr  was born in Cleveland, Ohio September

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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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George "Spanky" Roberts

George S. Roberts

2nd Lt. George S. “Spanky” Roberts September 24, 1918-March 8, 1984 Class: 42-C-SE Graduation: 3/6/1942  Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron (later known as the Fighter Squadron)

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Isadore Robinson 

Isadore M. “Ike” Robinson  December 29, 1921 ~ January 21, 2016 For many of the Tuskegee Airmen their time in the U.S. Army Air Corps was only

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William Rogers

William “Willie” Rogers April 12, 1915 – November 18, 2016 Born in Apalachicola on the gulf shores of Florida in 1915, Rogers said humbly in

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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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James Shipley

James Lloyd Shipley June 28, 1923 – July 21 2022 SO 338 20 Dec 43 Selfridge Unit: Mechanic with the 332nd fighter group He was proud

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Wilmeth Sidat-Singh

Lt. Wilmeth Sidat-Singh March 13, 1918 – May 9, 1943 Class 42-C-SE Graduation Date: March 25, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service

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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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Quentin P. Smith

Quentin P. Smith 1919 – January 15, 2013 Class: 45-A-TE Graduation Date: 3/11/1945 Unit: 477th Bombardier Group Service # 0841274   They flew 1,578 missions

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Luther H. Smith

Captain 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 been

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Calvin J. Spann

Calvin J. Spann

Calvin J. Spann November 28, 1924 – September 6, 2015 Class: 44-G-SE Graduation Date: 8/4/1944 Service # T64642 Calvin J. Spann was an original Tuskegee

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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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