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Colonel George Spencer Roberts

Col. Roberts was the first candidate to be accepted in the all-black pilot training program in 1942. He would be in command of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the first all-black squadron, throughout World War II. After completing 103 combat missions during World War II and the Korean conflict, Col. Roberts returned to Chanute as the first African-American Commander of Chanute Air Force Base. From 1954 to 1960, he was the Commander of the 3345 Maintenance and Supply Group.


Part of the blog post: Tuskegee Airmen: Colonel George “Spanky” Roberts


"United States. Army Air Forces. 99th Fighter Squadron" Photographs Envelope, Champaign County Historical Archives, Urbana Free Library, Urbana, IL.


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