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Wendell O Pruitt


Credited with downing three Bf-109's
Awarded a DFC for his attack of a German Navy vessel in the harbor of Trieste, Italy


Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 332nd Fighter Group

    332nd Fighter Group

    The United States entered World War II with a military that was segregated by race and remained segregated until 1948. War Department planners generally placed White and African-American Army personnel in separate units during World War II. ...

  • 302nd Fighter Squadron

    302nd Fighter Squadron

    The 302d was one of four African-American fighter squadrons to enter combat during World War II. It saw combat in the European Theater of Operations and Mediterranean Theater of Operations from 17 February 1944 – 20 February 1945.

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Saint Louis, MO, USA 20 June 1920
Graduated Pilot Training/Commissioned Tuskegee, AL, USA 13 December 1942

Class 42-K-SE

Died Tuskegee, AL, USA 15 April 1945

On April 15, 1945, during one of the training missions, Pruitt and a trainee were killed in an air accident. After his death, the city of St. Louis named the Pruitt-Igoe public housing project after Captain Pruitt and William L. Igoe, a former United States Congressman

Buried Normandy, MO, USA 20 April 1945

Saint Peter's Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 29, Lot 192


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 02:54:47 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations