Albion’s Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II. Formally, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of theUnited States Army Air Forces. The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, cooks and other support personnel for the pilots.(source Wikipedia)

Albion had four servicemen that served as Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. They were: Robert Chandler, Grover Crumsby, Finis Holt and Richard Weatherford. They were part of a group of around 1,000 black soldiers who were trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to become pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps. There has been research and write-ups about our local men by others in the past.  It is very unusual for a community the size of Albion to have been the home of four of the Tuskegees.
Source Historical Albion Michigan

One of the exhibits at the Gardner House Museum upstairs is about Albion’s veterans, including Albion’s Tuskegee Airmen. Currently one of the exhibit rooms displays World War II photographs and memorabilia of area veterans including three Albion residents who were Tuskegee Airmen.
Source Albion Historical Society home page.

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Portraits above are by Jerome Washington.  See more of Jerome’s art at:

http://www.albionmich.com/jerome