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Alfonza W. Davis was born in Omaha, September 23, 1919. Davis joined the Army in 1941 and was assigned to the Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Tuskegee Army Air Field, AL. As a flight squadron leader, he graduated at the top of his class and became Omaha’s first African-American aviator to earn an officer commission and pilot wings.Davis was Assistant Group Operations Officer for the 332nd Fighter Group. This black unit, known as the “Red Tail” group because of their distinctive aircraft paint scheme, established the unprecedented record of flying all their bomber escort missions (200 from June 1944–April 1945) without the loss of a single bomber to enemy aircraft. He became Squadron Commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and was killed in action in 1944. His citations include the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Distinguished Unit Citation. In May 1988 the Davis Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen was founded in Omaha to conduct historical research and document the aspirations, frustrations, and successes of these pioneering men and women in military aviation  who served our country, fighting two wars—one against enemy military forces and the other against racism at home and abroad.

 

 

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