Captain Roscoe Brown, past president of Bronx Community College and Commanding Officer of the 100th fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, will deliver the keynote address at the Gand Gala on Saturday night. Roscoe Brown, Jr. joined the Air Corps shortly after graduation from Springfield College. Upon training at the Tuskegee facilities, he joined the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group in Italy, which he would later command.

The event aviation print, "24 March 1945" illustrates Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. flying his P-51D in escort of the B-17G "Big Yank" and her captain, Lt. Bill S. Strapko.

477th Group. By 1945, B-25 bomber squadrons with the 447th were deployed to Freeman Army Air Field outside Seymour, Ind., where Second Lieutenant Lawrence served as a navigator/bombardier. Although officers' clubs were officially desegregated under military regulars, commanders at Freeman Field refused to serve black officers. Col. Clayton F. Lawrence passed away in 2014.

477th Bomber Group; Coulthurst, 88, of Jamaica, Queens, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps between 1942 and 1946. He was a radio operator on the Airmen’s B-25 Bomber planes. The 477th was being trained for the Pacific Theatre of Operations but the war with Japan ended before they could be deployed.

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Joseph, II is the Claude B. Govan Chapter Historian and Torch Bearer of The Year Award winner. Michael is the holder of 7 US Patents and is the designer of the Tuskegee Airmen’s first national show car, the twin turbo Faithful Pursuit which was dedicated in 2004.

 

 

 

Sgt. Montgomery entered into the Army Air Corps during WW II. He served as a Tuskegee ground crewman in Southern Italy from 1943 - 1945. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, the Honorable Service Medal, and the European / African / Middle Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. Dabney, a Selma, Alabama native, seved as Martin Luther King, Jr. personal body guard during the Sema march. On March 29, 2007, he received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, presented by President G.W. Bush to all original Tuskegee Airmen.

 

Staff Sgt. Watson was a supply sergeant and support personnel for the Tuskegee Airmen, the 332nd Fighter Group. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Watson was sent to Italy in 1944 and served as a supply sergeant. 

 

Tsgt DeFour joined the Air Corps in 1942. After basic training at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Wilfred was assigned to the 366th Air Service Squadron, 96th Air Service Group. Joining up with his fellow Tuskegee Airmen in Italy, Wilfred worked as an aircraft technician, providing field service to the aircraft of the 332nd FG at Ramitelli Airfield. 

 

In 1941, Mr. Johnson learned of the Tuskegee Experiment and set his sights on flying. 

Mr. Johnson received his Army Air Corps training at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, a school founded by Booker T. Washington, which was a primary beacon for the education of black Americans. 

Lt. Brown, flying his P-51D "Bunnie," is credited as being one of the first 332nd FG pilots to shoot down a Luftwaffe Me 262 jet fighter aircraft during an air battle over Berlin. “24 March 1945” is an aviation print created by artist Jerry Taliaferro commissioned for the 24 May “Return of The Red Tails Event.” For his bravery he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters.

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