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Woodrow W Crockett

Military

World War II Tuskegee Fighter Pilots from Arkansas

Woodrow W. Crockett was born in 1918 in Homan (Miller County) and lived in Little Rock (Pulaski County), where he attended Dunbar High School and Junior College before leaving to join the army in August 1940. In 1942, Crockett transferred to the Tuskegee Institute and became an aviation cadet. He graduated and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on March 25, 1943. Crockett served in the 100th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Interceptor Group, flying 149 combat missions in fifteen months. He was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base and McCloud Air Force Base in Washington as a member of the Twenty-fifth Air Division, as well as Edmond Air Force Base in California. He was a graduate of the United States Air Force Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama. Crockett later served in the Korean conflict, completing forty-five missions and receiving numerous awards and accolades. Crockett retired after thirty years of military service in 1970 with over 5,000 hours of flight time and 520 combat hours. In 1992, he was inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame and, in 1995, was made a member of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.

Service

Units served with

  • 332nd Fighter Group

    332nd Fighter Group

    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. ...

  • 100th Fighter Squadron

    100th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in February 1942 at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Alabama to train African-American flight cadets graduated from the Tuskegee Institute Army contract flying school. At Tuskegee, the squadron performed advanced combat flying training. As the...

  • 15th Air Force

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texarkana, AR 71854, USA 31 August 1918
Lived in Little Rock, AR, USA 1940
Graduated Pilot Training/Commissioned Tuskegee, AL, USA 25 March 1943

Class 43-C-SE

Died Washington, DC, USA 16 August 2012
Buried 28 November 2012

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 59, Site 31

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 21:07:49 466thHistorian Changes to service number and events
Sources

http://www.tuskegee.edu/about_us/legacy_of_fame/tuskegee_airmen/tuskegee...

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 04:23:19 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=96892982

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