At the outbreak of World War II, Philadelphians heeded the call, including the valiant airmen and women of Tuskegee. Although trained in Alabama, the prestigious unit comprised dozens of Philadelphia-area natives, second only to Chicago in the country. They served as fighter pilots, bombers, nurses and mechanics, as well as in many other support roles. The African American service members had to overcome racism and sexism on the home front in order to serve with great distinction. Their battle for equality didn’t end at the war’s conclusion. Tuskegee alumni continued to serve their nation by working to secure civil rights and serve their community back home in Philadelphia.  Thirty-six (36) Airmen listed Philadelphia as their place of origin, with others citing Philadelphia suburbs:  Ardmore (3), Bryn Mawr (2), Lincoln(1), Norristown (1), and Yeadon (1). Four more came from right across the Delaware River:  Camden, New Jersey (3), and Trenton, New Jersey (1).

Membership of the Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen has been recorded at sixty-five (65) members, including Airmen, family and friends.

Significant recent events involving the Tuskegee Airmen Philadelphia Chapter are covered in reports below:

“On Saturday, June 4, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., officially made Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church the home…” | Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church on Instagram

Philly area Tuskegee Airmen remember their service | CBS Philadelphia

Boback Takes Part in Signing Ceremony for Her Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day Legislation | Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus

NOVEMBER 26, 1974


In accordance with the constitution adopted at the 1974 National Convention in Los Angeles, California from August 2-4th, the following 48 names of former Tuskegee Airmen and Airwomen were submitted to the National Office to be inscribed as charter members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Philadelphia, PA:

Cleveland Bailey

John T. Ballard

Edgar T. Brown

Arthur Burgee

Stafford E. Carr

Jeru Carter

William M. Cousins

Elliot Culp

Samuel L. Curtis

Stephen L. Cuyjet

Stanley L. Gladstone, Jr.

Donald S. Harris

Isaiah Dancey

Donald S. Diggs

John F. Eberhardt

Callie O. Gentry

Herbert Harris

Wesley D. Hurt

Benjamin D. Jones

John E. Jones

William M. Jordan

Paul Keene

Haldane King

George H. Kydd

Adolphus Lewis, Jr.

Bertram Levy

William Lewis

Henry P. Miles

Edward K. Nichols, Jr.

James B. Oliver

Oliver R. Pope

Bernard S. Proctor

Everett E. Richardson

Eugene J. Richardson, Jr.

Milton B. Richardson

Fred Smalls

Edward N. Smith

Luther H. Smith

Herbert A. Smothers

Nathaniel C. Stewart

Lillian F. Stone

Clifton T. Stridiron

Charles E. Sutton

Gordon K. Thomas

Wesley C. Walker

Benjamin W. Williams

Robert W. Williams, Jr.

Elmer H. Wilson