The sole remaining original member of the World War II all black flight squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen, Willie Rogers, passed away ten days ago at the age of 101.
The Tuskegee Airmen, also known as the Red Tails, were brave in the face of the enemy overseas, and in the face of racial discrimination at home. The story of the squadron has been retold in books and movies including these:
Holway, John. Red Tails: An Oral History of the Tuskegee Airmen. [940.5449 HOL]
Red Tails. [DVD RED]
Weatherford, Carole Boston. You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen. [J 811 WEA]
If you're ever down in Alabama, you should take a trip to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. The National Park Service turned 100 this year, a year younger than Mr. Willie Rogers.
Rest in peace, brave airman.