Entries by Stan Stokes

Tuskegee Airman Paul Lehman

Tuskegee Airman Paul Lehman enlisted into the United States Army in November , 1942. He received navigator/bombardier training at Hondo, Texas. Later at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio, Lt. Lehman served as Post Exchange Officer for the 477th Bomb Group while flying in B-25 bombers. After the desegregation of the armed services, Lt. Lehman […]

Tuskegee Airmen P-39 Airacobra

There is a little known story that most people are’t aware of, the Tuskegee Airmen P-39 Airacobra. The first of the four fighter squadrons to deploy into combat from Tuskegee Alabama was the 99th FS. They deployed to North Africa and were attached to other US fighter groups. There, they experienced combat flying in P-40 […]

Tuskegee Army Air Field

In the flight training process, new cadets learned how to fly a small airplane like a Piper Cub. After the Cub, they had dual instruction in an aircraft like the Boeing Stearman PT-17. At that point, they transferred to Tuskegee Army Air Field for basic training in the Vultee BT-13. The final step for the […]

Tuskegee Airman Rusty Burns

Tuskegee Airman “Rusty” Burns Tuskegee Airman “Rusty” Burns was born Isham Albert Burns in New Orleans in 1925. He and his family moved to Los Angels in 1939. He attended Jordon High School where he studied aeronautics. When he turned 16, he was able to get a job at Burbank Airport. He was working with […]

Tuskegee Airman Charles Hall

Tuskegee Airman Charles Hall Tuskegee Airman Charles Hall made history for himself and his fellow 99th Fighter Squadron pilots.  After  three years of college, Charles enlisted in the US Army as an aviation cadet. He was a member of Tuskegee Class 42-F-SE. On completion of training, Charles B. Hall was commissioned as a second lieutenant, […]

Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown

Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown Jr. Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown was squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. During combat, he served as a flight leader and operations officer. He had graduated from the Tuskegee Flight School on March 12, 1944 as member of class 44-C-SE. The 100th Fighter Squadron deployed […]

Tuskegee Airman Jack Holsclaw

Tuskegee Airman Jack Holsclaw In his senior year of college, Jack Holsclaw enrolled in the government sponsored Civilian Pilot Training Program and earned his pilot’s license. On October 5, 1942, he enlisted in the army as a private. He entered pilot training at Tuskegee Army Airfield as a member of class 43-G-SE. After completing his […]

Tuskegee Airman Claude Davis

Tuskegee Airman Claude Davis Tuskegee Airman Claude Davis was a cadet is Class 44-G-TE. Class 44-G-TE translates into the seventh class of 1944 for twin engine pilot training. Claude and the rest of the class were training to be B-25 Mitchell pilots and aircrew.  The first ten weeks of classes were considered “pre-flight”. This is […]

Tuskegee Airman William Campbell

Colonel William Campbell Tuskegee Airman William Campbell, ss a member of Tuskegee Class SE-42-SE, graduated from the program on July 3, 1942. He was now a second lieutenant. Campbell was then assigned to the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The 99th was deployed to North Africa and were now flying the P-40F Warhawk. They were the first all […]