The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...
"I was 12-years old and the pilots would barnstorm, and one Sunday they announced you could take flights at noon. On Sundays you went to church so I missed the first round, but we got our pennies [passengers were charged a fare of a penny a pound] together for the second round of flights. They started the engines and [the Ford Trimotor] shook. I started to think maybe it wasn’t such a good idea, but it staggered into the air and circled Ashland, and I told my parents I wanted to be a pilot." - Washington D. Ross
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|Born||Mound Bayou, Mississippi||4 March 1919|
|Lived in||Ashland, Kentucky||16 October 1940|
3412 Greenup Avenue
He was a student at the Hampton Institute in Virginia
|Died||Southfield, Michigan||9 October 2017|
DETROIT A World War II aviator who spent his childhood in Ashland and went on to become one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen has died.
Ross also was the son of Robert Ross, a well-remembered teacher at the former Booker T. Washington School which African-American students attended during the Jim Crow era of segregation.
Ross was brought into the program and with his compatriots proved the conventional thinking wrong. The group compiled a stellar record of protecting American bombers in their P-51 Mustang fighters with their distinctive red rudders.
|Buried||Holly, Michigan||12 October 2017|
Great Lakes National Cemetery
|12 April 2021 01:26:30||466thHistorian||Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations|