As the township historian in Bernards Township, New Jersey I just released a blog post about a New Jersey Tuskegee Airmen Flight Instructor.
I'm interested in locating ALL of the Tuskegee Airmen (Pilots, Instructors, Medical personell or anyone who supported the effort from New Jersey). Has there been such an effort for the New Jersey group?
Our story was a lost one but an absolute historic gem. A true history lesson in race, honor, and Americanism right here in Basking Ridge.
Captain Robert Terry was a flight instructor from Basking Ridge for the Tuskegee Airmen from 1941 to 1945. Terr, who was 30 at the time, taught young Afro-Americans to fly fighter Curtiss P- 40 Warhawks, Bell P- 39 Airacobras and P-51 Mustang fighter planes who served America well during the European campaign in North Africa and Italy. He also trained other pilots to escort B-17 and B-24 heavy bombers, using P-47 and P-51 airplanes at the USAAF bases around Tuskegee, Alabama.
As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available.