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Charles Blakesly Hall


First Tuskegee Airman to shoot down a German fighter for which General Eisenhower flew in to personally congratulate him.
First African-American pilot to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Flew 198 combat missions


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. ...

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 332nd Fighter Group
  • 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 Brazil, Indiana 25 August 1920
Commissioned 2LT/Awarded Wings Tuskegee, Alabama 3 July 1942
Aerial Victory Castelvetrano, Italy 2 July 1943

1 x FW 190

Died Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 22 November 1971

World War II United States Army Air Corp Aviator. A member of the famed Tuskegee Airman, in January, 1943, he was one of the first 43 black pilots assigned to combat duty with the 99th Pursuit Squadron in North Africa. During a July 2, 1943 attack mission on Panelleria, in the Mediterranean theater, Lieutenant Hall earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for shooting down a German Focke-Wulf 190. In doing so, he became the first African American pilot to earn official credit for destroying an enemy plane in the Second World War. After retiring from the Air Force in the grade of Major, he became a popular insurance agent in Oklahoma City.

Buried Spencer, Oklahoma 25 November 1971

Hillcrest Memory Gardens
Spencer, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Garden of Devotion, Lot 160, Section B, Grave #3


Date Contributor Update
12 April 2021 01:45:05 466thHistorian Changes to biography and awards

Date Contributor Update
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