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Louis Rayfield Purnell Sr



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. ...

  • 99th Fighter Squadron

    99th Fighter Squadron

    The 99th was originally formed as the Army Air Force's first African American fighter squadron, then known the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The personnel received their initial flight training at Tuskegee, Alabama earning them the nickname Tuskegee Airmen....

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Snow Hill, MD 21863, USA 5 April 1920
Lived in Wilmington, DE, USA 1941
Graduated Pilot Training/Commissioned Tuskegee, AL, USA 3 July 1942

Class 42-F-SE

Died Washington, DC, USA 10 August 2001
Buried 23 September 2010

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 8-NN, Row 19, Site 2


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