Tue, Jun 02, 2009
Tuskegee Airman Passes Away
An original Tuskegee
Airman passed away May 26th in Cleveland. Retired Sgt. James F.
Travis Sr. served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and
became an aerial engineer, gunner and crew chief attached to the
477th Bombardment Group during World War II.
Trained at Tuskegee, Ala., he flew in P-47 and B-25 aircraft
serving at Freeman Field, Ind.; Godman Field, Ky.; Selfridge Field,
Mich.; Shepherd Field, Texas, Walterboro Field, S.C.; and
Buckingham Field, Fla. Following honorable discharge, Mr. Travis
worked as an accountant for Standard Oil for 32 years.
The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African
American pilots who flew with distinction during World War II with
the Army Air Corps. Prior to the Tuskegee Airmen, no U.S. military
pilots had been African American. A series of legislative moves by
Congress in 1941 forced the Army Air Corps to form an all-black
combat unit, despite the War Department's reluctance.
A visitation will be held Wed. June 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at E.F.
Boyd and Son Funeral Home in Cleveland. A wake will be held at
10:30 a.m. June 4 at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, with
services immediately following at 11 a.m.
ANN extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of
this uncommon hero...
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