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Good Day, Everyone,

It is not everyday that a group of individuals can be so blessed by God that they are allowed to carry on the legacy of the Men and Women that became known as The Tuskegee Airmen. My question to you is “What Have You Done Lately” to perpetuate that LEGACY?

We’ve had another terrific month of service to our youth and to our Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs). The Speakers Bureau spoke to well over 600 students during the month and our Young Eagles Program flew 32 young kids on an orientation flight on the 8th of April. Several evening classes are still going on through the National Museum at the airport and The 100th Civil Air Patrol Unit is still growing. Soon another cohort will begin.

Other activities during the month included the honoring of the Tuskegee Airmen by Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, an afternoon at Wayne State University where an enormous amount of information was shared about the approximately 8 to 12 P 39’s that were lost in training near Selfridge Air Base, and some of the pilots.

Our National Museum has secured salvage rights to one of the wrecked aircraft and Wayne Lusardi, the man that completed all of the research, found out that one of his family members was a member of the Maripossa, the ship that took some Tuskegee Airmen into battle. On 15 April 1943, it left the Brooklyn Navy Yard for Casablanca carrying military medical units and troops including some Tuskegee Airmen.

Another major event was that LTC Harry Stewart was invited and went to Austria to help them recognize an event that happened on April 3,1944 that many of us never knew anything about. Seven Airmen had participated in action when two were shot down. One was killed in action and the other captured and then lynched. LTC Stewart will share that experience with us at this months meeting. He is the only one of the seven that is still alive.

How do we keep this legacy ALIVE? Good question, the answer is by giving. It’s not too late, today is the First day of the rest of our life. Giving time, service or monetary contribution to organizations and activities that directly or indirectly help perpetuate the LEGACY of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Finally, have you sold your Cruise Tickets? Please bring all money to turn in to our Treasurer on Thursday if you have not done so already. Did you get two advertisements? THIS is how we fund the things we do for the young folk.

There will be a program Honoring DOTA Coleman Young (First African American Mayor of the City of Detroit), on his birthday during a two day celebration sponsored by the Friends of City Airport.  There are several other parades etc…, going on at the end of the month. We’ll share more info at our meeting on May 10th. Also, check our monthly calendar of events on the next page. SEE YOU ON THE 10th.

Thunder over Michigan is 25-26 August with set up on the 24th. Please plan to participate.

If you are questioned, Detroit Chapter’s current list of Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs) are as follows:


Alexander Jefferson
Harry Stewart, Jr.
Frederick Henry
Preston Jowers
Matt Corbin
Russell Nalle
Dr. John Cunningham
Jesse Rutlidge
Fletcher Williams
Cornelius Davis (Living in Florida)


Thank you God bless you all,

Miguel Thornton

Detroit Chapter
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc