Clarence Dart, ninety-one year-old Tuskegee Airman, passed away last week in Saratoga Springs, New York. Those of you who attended our 2001 Survivors Reunion in Scotia, New York, will recall that, as our guest speaker, Dart held us spellbound for well over an hour with remembrances of his World War II exploits.
The Tuskegee Airmen was a squadron of Black pilots chosen to escort bomber groups over Europe. Eager to prove themselves, they quickly gained respect, and a reputation for willing and successful engagement with the enemy. The Hollywood movie, "Red Tails," currently playing in theaters, is a story about these extraordinary men. It was reported that Dart was able to see the movie before its release. He flew ninety-five missions and was shot down twice during the war. This link will take you to a nice article about Clarence Dart: