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. 

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

2nd Lt Lowell C. Steward February 25, 1919 – December 17, 2014 Class: 43-G-SE Graduation Date: 7/28/1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron Service

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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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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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Richard E. Thorpe

2nd Lt Richard E. Thorpe September 30, 1924 – April 6, 1945 Class: 44-I-1-SE Graduation Date: 10/16/1944 Unit: Service # O838163 Richard Thorpe was assigned

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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 Photo: Captain (later Major) Andrew

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Quitman C. Walker

1st Lt. Quitman Charles Walker June 21, 1919 – November 19, 1944 Class: 43-A-SE Graduation Date: January 14, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter

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James Alonzo Walker

James Alonzo Walker Class 43-E-SE September 20, 1918 – August 23, 2004 Unit 332nd Fighter Group Born in Manning, S.C., Walker attended high school in

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George L. Washington

George Leward Washington DOB – June 4, 1983 George Leward Washington ’25, MS ’30 earned his Bachelors (1925) and Masters (1930), both in Mechanical Engineering (Course

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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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Spann Watson

Spann Watson August 14, 1916 – April 15, 2010 Class: 42-F-SE Graduation Date: 7/3/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th’s Operations Officer Service # 0790467 Spann

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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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Walter D. Westmoreland

1st Lt Walter Drake Westmoreland June 15, 1920 – October 12, 1944 Class: 43-G-SE Graduation Date: July 28, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter

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Jimmie D. Wheeler

1st Lt Jimmie Douglas Wheeler DOB- March 16, 1945 Class: 44-D-SE Graduation Date: April 15, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron Service #

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William M. Wheeler

2nd Lt William M. Wheeler August 20, 1923 – July 19, 2011 Class: 44-C-SE Graduation Date: 3/12/1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter Squadron Service

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Hugh J. White

Captain Hugh J. White August 24, 1922 – December 14, 1979 Class: 44-F-SE Unit: 99th Pursuit Squadron of the 322nd Fighter Group Captain White was born

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Ferrier H. White

2nd Lt Ferrier H. White October 12, 1921 – April 5, 1945 Class: 44-I-SE Graduation Date: October 16, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter

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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

1st Lt. Robert H. Wiggins November 19, 1920 – October 7, 1944 Class 43-G-SE Graduation Date:  July 28, 1943 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 301st Fighter

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James T. Wiley

James T. Wiley August 7, 1918 – May 3, 2000 Class: 42-F-SE Graduation Date: 7/3/1942 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Pursuit Squadron Service # 0790469

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Oscar Lawton Wilkerson, Jr.

Oscar Lawton Wilkerson, Jr. February 9, 1926 – Class: 45-F-TE 9/8/1945 2nd Lt. 0843249 Chicago Hgts. IL Unit: 617th Bombardment Squadron of the 477th Bombardment Group Tuskegee Airman

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Leonard R. Willette

2nd Lt Leonard R. Willette March 17, 1921 – September 22, 1944 Class: 44-B-SE Graduation Date: February 8, 1944 Unit: 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter

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Lieutenant  Eldridge F. Williams November 2, 1917 – July 2, 2015 Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge F. Williams was one of the first trainers of Tuskegee Airmen. 

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