Museum panel highlights legacy of African American military aviators

(Via Ho’okele News)

The hangar talk "Tuskegee Airmen Then and Now" took place Feb. 8 at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. February is African American History Month. Photos courtesy of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

The hangar talk “Tuskegee Airmen Then and Now” took place Feb. 8 at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. February is African American History Month. Photos courtesy of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

A panel of distinguished speakers visited the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Feb. 8 to discuss the legacy of the first African American military aviators to serve during World War II.

The speakers included retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson from Michigan, Hawaii’s own Tuskegee Airman Philip Baham, Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough, and a panel of members of the Baham Goldsborough Chapter of the Hawaii Tuskegee Airmen.

The hangar talk, “Tuskegee Airmen Then and Now,” in the museum theater was followed with a meet and greet event in the gallery.

Jefferson flew P-51s with the “Red Tail” 332nd Fighter Group 301st Fighter Squadron escorting B-17s and B-24s. He was shot down over Germany after flying 18 long range missions and was a prisoner of war for nine months. After the war, he became a science teacher and later an assistant principal in the Michigan school system. He is the author of “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW.”

One of the original WWII Tuskegee Airmen, Baham was drafted into the Army Air Corps at 21 years of age and served as crew chief assigned to the 377th Composite Group at Tuskegee Field.

Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough, is a professor emerita at Chaminade University and a lecturer at University of Hawaii Manoa. She is the wife of the late Romaine Goldsborough, another documented original Tuskegee Airman who served in the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II.

Other panel members were Mario Taryer, Tuskegee Airmen Hawaii Chapter vice president, and Master Chief Dewayne Barnes of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

For more information on the museum, call 441-1007, email Education@Pacific AviationMuseum.org or visit online at http://www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

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