1940-50s 1960-70s

Gen. Benjamin Davis, Jr.

Escort fighter pilots in WWII had a tendency to veer off to engage the enemy, leaving the US bomber planes unescorted and vulnerable. But the Red Tail Airmen who served under Col. Davis, over and over, remember his emphasis on their mission: Stay with the bombers.

  • He was young once:

    At the age of 18 he had just transferred from Western Reserve University to the Univ. of Chicago

  • Occupation:

    Military officer, pilot, Commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron (the Tuskegee Airmen), Four-star General

  • Image Credit:

    Library of Congress

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1945 photo of Gen. Davis, Jr. and Edward Gleed