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Interview with Lt. Col. Thompson of the Tuskegee 99th Pursuit Squadron

On July 19, 2000, one of our board members, Dan Christine, had the incredible opportunity to interview Lt. Col Thompson, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, while studying history at DePaul University.

Click here to read the text of that interview.

Here is an excerpt of Lt. Col. Thompson's biography from The Tuskegee Airmen of Greater Pittsburgh website:

"Officially, the 99th Pursuit Squadron was established at Chanute Field, Illinois, and William R. Thompson was among the first enlistees and early on trained to be the Squadron's Weapons Officer. He was later assigned to Tuskegee as a member of an advance team tasked to lay the ground work for the flight training program designated for the Institute.

Lieutenant Thompson rose to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force. He was raised in Pittsburgh where his father established a successful catering business. A Schenley High School graduate, Thompson went on to graduate from Hampton University in Virginia in 1940 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps after a year's study at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. During the years he served with the 99th and the 332nd Fighter Group, Thompson put his amateur hobbies of photography and history to good use from Tuskegee to North Africa, Sicily and Italy. His entire collection of papers and photographs are part of the Tuskegee Airman exhibit at the Aero Space Museum in Washington, D.C
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Read more about the Tuskegee Airmen here.

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