Herbert Carter, among original Tuskegee Airmen in WWII; at 95

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Retired Lieutenant Colonel Herbert ­Eugene Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who broke color barriers in the US military during World War II, has died.

Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee said Mr. Carter died Thursday afternoon at East ­Alabama Medical Center. He was 95.


The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black aviators in the US military.

During World War II, they were trained as a segregated unit in central Alabama at Tuskegee Institute, which is now known as Tuskegee University.

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Mr. Carter was a member of the first group that trained for the 99th Fighter Squadron.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen were prohibited from fighting alongside their white counterparts and faced severe prejudice, yet became one of most respected fighter squadrons during World War II.

Mr. Carter flew 77 missions and crashed-landed only once.


Tuskegee’s mayor ordered flags in the city flown at half-staff in Mr. Carter’s honor.

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