Florida A&M University Honors Student Who Died Serving His Country as a Tuskegee Airman

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Lt. James Polkinghorne, Jr. was a senior at Florida A&M University when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was the first student from Florida A&M University to become a Tuskegee Airmen. He became a fighter pilot and squadron leader for the all-Black 332nd Fighter Group. During a combat mission over Italy on May 5, 1944, Lt. Polkinghorne’s plane was shot down. His body was never found. Lt. Polkinghorne’s story is told in the recent book Lost in Heaven: The Story of 1st Lt. James R. Polkinghorne Jr., Usaaf, Early Black Aviation History and the Tuskegee Airmen by Leo F...

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