“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Tuskegee Airmen Historical Markers

Markers commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen, the group of primarily African-American military pilots and airmen of all military occupations who served in the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. They were a positive influence leading to post-war desegregation of the US military.
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2012
A Bit to Eat Marker
1 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — A Bit to EatTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Known as the Tea Room, this small lunchroom was built during the initial expansion phase of Moton Field in 1942 and 1943, when amenities such as offices and bathrooms not built into the original hangar were added. Here, personnel stationed at . . . Map (db m64362) HM
2 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — A Typical DayTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Try to imagine how Moton Field looked and sounded when the cadets trained here. Compare the scene today to the photograph below, taken from your vantage point around 1944. As the pace of training accelerated during the war, Moton Field became a very . . . Map (db m64366) HM
3 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Bath and Locker HouseTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
This building was completed in 1941 as a restroom, shower, and locker room for administrative and support personnel. It had facilities for both men and women. Both black and white may have used the building. If so, it almost certainly would have . . . Map (db m64361) HM
4 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — FIRE!Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Fire Protection Shed in front of you was used to store equipment such as hoses, fire extinguishers, and tools for fighting fires. Fire was always a danger at the airfield because of the flammable materials used in airplanes and the fuels . . . Map (db m64364) HM
5 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — Prepared to Fight and Die
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site commemorates the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II—and to American society afterward. The site preserves Moton Field, where the airmen trained before going to war. Their courageous . . . Map (db m99938) HM
6 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — The Control TowerTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
From Moton Field’s Control Tower, controllers directed flight operations and signaled landing instructions to pilots through a system of flashing colored lights. Dispatchers called cadets for their flights. The tower overlooked the busy – . . . Map (db m64363) HM
7 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site — The Tuskegee Airmen
The first African American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps were the public face of the Tuskegee Airmen. They made extraordinary contributions to the Allied victory in Europe during World War II. But their success was made possible by the . . . Map (db m99934) HM
8 Alabama, Macon County, Tuskegee Institute — The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza
This plaza is dedicated to the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen, including General Daniel "Chappie" James, whose training at Tuskegee University and the Tuskegee Army Air Field enabled them to prove for all time the competence and bravery of Black . . . Map (db m20076) HM
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9 Alabama, Montgomery County, Montgomery — Sherman W. White, Jr.(1919 - 1943) — First Lieutenant, 99th Fighter Squadron —
Side 1: Sherman, Sr. and Nettie White lived at this address on W. Jeff Davis Ave. Both teachers, they taught their children Sherman Jr., Willa, James, and Samson to love their country and value education. Willa, James, and Samson would graduate . . . Map (db m71084) HM
10 Alabama, Pike County, Troy — Tuskegee Army Air Field HangarPike County
The first African-American pilots in U. S. military history utilized this hangar, located originally at Tuskegee Army Air Field. Built by Nashville contractors McKissack and McKissack, the base was the first major Army Air Forces base . . . Map (db m115025) HM
11 Arizona, Maricopa County, Mesa — Arizonan Tuskegee Airmen
Commemorative Air Force Arizona Military Aviation Walk of Honor Proudly Recognizes Arizonan Tuskegee Airmen 1940 — 1949 “Red Tails” The Tuskegee Airmen set the precedent African-Americans could excel in military . . . Map (db m102913) HM WM
12 California, Los Angeles County, Lancaster — Tuskegee Airmen
"....the privileges of being an American" belong to those brave enough to fight for them." Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. In our tradition of honoring American aviators who have flown into the pages of history, the City of Lancaster . . . Map (db m53030) HM
13 California, Riverside County, Palm Springs — Tuskegee Airmen
These statues represent African-American pilots from the 332” fighter group that provided protection for allied bombers during missions over Nazi-controlled territory. At the beginning of WWI some were opposed to the idea of African-Americans . . . Map (db m206324) WM
14 District of Columbia, Washington, Southeast Washington, Navy Yard — Senators Sign One-Legged Pitcher / Baseball and Our TroopsBaseball Americana
Senators Sign One-Legged Pitcher Left-handed pitcher Bert Shepard lost his right leg after his plane was shot down over Germany during World War II. On August 4, 1945, he appeared in his only major league game, finishing his career with . . . Map (db m179718) HM
15 Florida, Brevard County, Titusville — The Tuskegee Airmen Of World War II
On Silver Wings Of Hope And Pride, They Overcame Adversity Both At Home And Abroad Through Courage, Commitment & Competence To Achieve A Record Never To Be Excelled. Map (db m115432) WM
16 Indiana, Jackson County, Seymour — B-25 Mitchell
In remembrance of those brave Tuskegee Airmen who served their country with courage, dedication and loyalty. 616th, 617th, 618th, & 619th Bomb Squadrons (M) of the 477th Bomb Group (M) March 1945 to May 1945Map (db m13627) HM
17 Iowa, Wapello County, Ottumwa — Ottumwa Freedom Rock Veterans MemorialNever Forget • Thank You Veterans — Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II —
Gold Star for the Fallen —————————— Tuskegee Airmen —————————— Ottumwa Naval Air Station . . . Map (db m90272) WM
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18 Missouri, St. Louis, Downtown West — Tuskegee Airmen of St. Louis
This is dedicated to the men of the Tuskegee Airmen from St. Louis, Missouri. The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected higher groups of World War II. The Airmen's record speaks for itself with . . . Map (db m215468) HM WM
19 New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, Cooper Lanning — Bascom S. Waugh, MD1909 - 1992
Bascom S. Waugh was the first African-American physician at Cooper University Hospital, a specialist in Internal Medicine and later in Cardiology. He served during World War II and was a flight surgeon for the 332nd Fighter Group, the legendary . . . Map (db m146680) HM
20 New York, Nassau County, East Meadow — African-American Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of The Tuskegee Airmen 761st Tank Battalion The Buffalo Soldiers In grateful tribute to all those Black servicemen and women who served so honorably and valiantly in all of America's wars from the . . . Map (db m106465) WM
21 New York, Tompkins County, Ithaca — 879 — Tuskegee Airman
Verdelle Louis Payne born here October 1, 1919 Pilot and flight officer with the Tuskegee Airmen US Army Air Forces, WWIIMap (db m221744) HM
22 Ohio, Franklin County, Columbus, South Columbus — 74-25 — Tuskegee Airmen
The “Tuskegee Experience,” a program of the Army Air Corps to train African Americans as military pilots, began at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama in 1941. At home and abroad during World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen prevailed against enormous . . . Map (db m173289) HM
23 Ohio, Greene County, Xenia, Beavercreek Township — 32-29 — Lewis A. Jackson, Aviator / Lewis A. Jackson, Educator & Innovator
Lewis A. Jackson, Aviator Lewis Albert Jackson (December 29, 1912-January 8, 1994) was an African American aviator remembered for training Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. As a teenager in Indiana, he began flight lessons and soloed in . . . Map (db m247609) HM
24 Ohio, Jefferson County, Steubenville — Tuskegee Airmen in WWII
Tuskegee Airmen Brothers from Steubenville, Ohio Jerome & John "Ellis" Edwards The Red Tails Tuskegee Airmen in WWII The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American men and women, pilots and support personnel who fought with . . . Map (db m156014) HM WM
25 Ohio, Montgomery County, Dayton, Five Points — Mac Ross1912-1944
One of the first five "Tuskegee Airmen." Pioneered the role of black aviators in World War II. Died in an accident while training over Italy on July 10, 1944.Map (db m240135) HM
26 Ohio, Montgomery County, Riverside — Tuskegee Airmen1941 - 1946
To the Tuskegee Airmen, valient men and women, who during World War II participated in the Tuskegee experience; and yet despite staggering odds rendered outstanding military service to the United States of America. Dedicated August . . . Map (db m50942) HM
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27 Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Terrace Village — Frank E. Bolden(1912-2003)
Distinguished journalist, one of the first two African American accredited correspondents during World War II. He covered the “Buffalo Soldiers” and “Tuskegee Airmen,” reporting from India, Burma, and China. Later, City . . . Map (db m40886) HM
28 Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Sewickley Heights — Western Pennsylvania Tuskegee Airmen Memorial
In honor of the Tuskegee Airmen of Western Pennsylvania who served to preserve our freedomMap (db m72514) WM
29 Pennsylvania, Beaver County, Beaver — African Americans
Among the earliest settlers in the county were the slaves Fortune and Lunn, who were brought here by Levi Dungan around 1772. Many of the later African Americans who either eventually settled or passed through Beaver County came as they followed . . . Map (db m177037) HM
30 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, University City — 20 — The Tuskegee Airmen: They Met the Challengeby Marcus Akinlana — WON Mural Society —
They bravely fought against the dual tyranny of the Axis powers abroad and Jim Crow segregation here at home. Known as the Red Trails, they have become famous for their skill, courage and bravery, as well as their matchless record of successfully . . . Map (db m223970) HM
31 South Carolina, Colleton County, Walterboro — The Tuskegee Airman of World War II
In honor of the Tuskegee Airman, their instructors, and ground support personnel who participated in training for combat at the Walterboro Army Airfield during the Second World War. Because of their heroic action in combat they were called . . . Map (db m4324) HM
32 South Carolina, Colleton County, Walterboro — The Tuskegee Airmen
(Top left picture): In April of 1944, Walterboro Army Airfield stopped training fighter groups and switched to advanced individual air combat training. Over 500 black airmen from the training program at Tuskegee trained at the airfield . . . Map (db m22611) HM
33 South Carolina, Colleton County, Walterboro — 15-21 — Training the Tuskegee Airmen
(Front text) Graduates of the Tuskegee Army Flying School, who belonged to the first African-American units in the U.S. Army Air Corps, took further combat flight training at Walterboro Army Air Field from May 1944 to October 1945. Many of . . . Map (db m43420) HM
34 South Carolina, Colleton County, Walterboro — Walterboro Army Airfield
(Left Column) Walterboro Army Airfield In the late 1920's and 1930's, a rough landing strip was made on the farm of C.C. Anderson just outside Walterboro. Starting in 1941, as part of the World War II effort,The U.S. Government . . . Map (db m22479) HM
35 Virginia, Arlington County, Arlington, Fort Myer — The Tuskegee Airmen of World War IIThey Accepted the Challenge
Two hundred strategic bomber escort missions over Europe with the 15th Air Force without the loss of a single bomber to enemy aircraft, 1944-45, a record unsurpassed. Dedicated in their memory, 10 November 1995.Map (db m13838) WM
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36 Virginia, Fairfax County, Chantilly — The Tuskegee Airmen
In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in the U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked . . . Map (db m143123) HM
37 Virginia, Orange County, Orange — JJ-34 — Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman
Andrew Maples grew up in Orange and completed the Civilian Pilot Training Program at Hampton Institute in 1941. He graduated from the Advanced Flying School at the Tuskegee Army Air Field on 14 Jan. 1943, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the . . . Map (db m104683) HM
38 Virginia, Petersburg — QA 39 — Lt. Col. Howard Baugh, Tuskegee Airman
Howard Baugh (1920-2008) was born and raised in Petersburg. He graduated from what is now Virginia State University in 1941, joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, and completed pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in 1942. Deployed to Sicily with the . . . Map (db m130185) HM WM
39 Virginia, Roanoke, Gainsboro — Civil Rights Trailblazers
Some of the most significant contributions made by Northeast and Northwest residents were in the advancement of civil rights. A. J. Oliver was a 19th century pioneer in law and the first black attorney in Roanoke. Born during the Civil War, he . . . Map (db m143000) HM
40 Virginia, Westmoreland County, Colonial Beach — JT-21 — Charles B. Smith99th Fighter Squadron (Tuskegee Airmen)
Born in Westmoreland County, Charles Bernard Smith (1917-1991) is one of more than 140,000 African Americans who served in the racially segregated U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Trained at Chanute Field, Illinois, in aircraft ground . . . Map (db m22255) HM
41 West Virginia, Marion County, Fairmont — The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge
Named in honor of local American hero, “Spanky” Roberts (1918–84), graduate of Dunbar H.S. & WV State College, 1st African-American aviation cadet, Tuskegee, 1941. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant & pilot in 1942; flew over 100 missions in Africa, . . . Map (db m40497) HM
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