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1 hour ago, arghton said:

So how many are there left now?

Wikipedia suggests 11, following the June 2019 death of Robert J.Friend. However, it appears clear that was an underestimation. Aside from those who've died since then, there are news items about surviving members that occasionally pop up.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_Airmen

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, arghton said:

So how many are there left now?

Only right answer is "one less".

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1 hour ago, drol said:

Only right answer is "one less".

 

 

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Reginald Brewster, a Tuskegee Airman who fought in World War II, has died. He was 103. According to the obit provided, Brewster never flew. He was stationed in England and France, assisting the base commander.

 

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/10/28/tuskegee-airman-reginald-brewster-dies-at-103

 

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Preston Jowers, a Tuskegee Airman who served in the US Army Air Forces during World War II as an airplane mechanic, has died. He was 105. Jowers was born in Georgia, but came to Michigan during the great migration of 1946.

 

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/tuskegee-airman-preston-jowers-who-died-at-105-was-american-hero-witness-to-history

 

 

 

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Bertram Levy, a Philadelphia native who rose to the rank of major in the Tuskegee Airmen and who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush in 2007, has died. He was 98.

 

https://6abc.com/tuskegee-airmen-major-bertram-levy-philadelphia-pennsylvania-board-of-realtors/7878126/

 

 

 

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Another one, Alfred T. Farrar Sr., has died at 99.

 

Yaaawnnnn......

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7 hours ago, TheSpinosaurus said:

Shouldn't this thread be merged with WWII Veterans?

No, it's specific to a subset of WWII Veterans whose importance is significant enough to warrant its own thread.

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1 hour ago, gcreptile said:

Another one, Robert Ashby, of Arizona, dead at 95:

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/one-of-arizonas-last-surviving-tuskegee-airmen-passes-away-at-95

 

Well, he graduated in Nov 1945, so after WW II. I thought they all had to be WW II veterans, will it ever end...


I think this page was ill conceived, thought with the best of intentions, when it was set up.

I believe the Tuskegees still existed by the end of the late 40s so it's likely there are 100s still about!

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6 hours ago, gcreptile said:

Another one, Robert Ashby, of Arizona, dead at 95:

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/one-of-arizonas-last-surviving-tuskegee-airmen-passes-away-at-95

 

Well, he graduated in Nov 1945, so after WW II. I thought they all had to be WW II veterans, will it ever end...

 

In 1973, he began working for Frontier Airlines where he rose to rank of captain. He flew with the airline until his retirement in 1986. According to the Arizona Tuskegee Airmen officials, Ashby is believed to be the first Black pilot for a major commercial airline to reach the mandatory retirement age of 60.

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