OCTOBER 27, 1954: BENJAMIN O. DAVIS JR. MAKES AIR FORCE HISTORY
Davis Jr, becomes the 1st African-American General in the United States Air Force on this day in history (October 27, 1954). Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr., was a United States Air Force General and commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen.
He was the 1st African-American General officer in the United States Air Force. On December 9, 1998, he was advanced to four-star general by President Bill Clinton. During World War II, Davis was commander of the 99th and the 332nd Fighter Group, which escorted bombers on air combat missions over Europe. Davis himself flew sixty missions in P-39, Curtiss P-40, P-47 and P-51 Mustang fighters.
Davis followed in his father’s footsteps in breaking racial barriers, as Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was the 1st African-American General in the United States Army.