One of the most celebrated members of the Tuskegee Airmen has died.
Brig. Gen. Charles McGee passed away on Sunday.
McGee was 102 years old.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black flying squadron to have been deployed overseas in World War II.
Their planes were noted by the red band on the nose and rudder of the aircraft, which garnered the nickname of the “Red Tails.”
McGee joined the service in 1942 and continued to serve for three decades.
His breast was adorned with medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross (3) and the Bronze Star.
McGee had a stellar career in the cockpit, once shooting down a Focke Wulf Fw 190 after engaging a formation of Luftwaffe fighters.
McGee flew a total of 137 combat missions.
After the war, McGee moved on as a training officer.
He was pressed into service again during the Korean War, flying 100 combat missions.
During the Vietnam War, McGee added 172 combat missions to his resume.
He officially retired in 1973 at the rank of Colonel with a total of 409 combat missions and 6,308 flying hours.
On February 4, 2020, McGee’s rank was upgraded to Brigadier General after his 100th birthday.
McGee died peacefully in his sleep, but he must have known it would be his last night, as his daughter stated, “He had his right hand over his heart and was smiling serenely.”
He literally went out pledging allegiance to his flag.
Rest in peace, General McGee, and thank you for your service.
Source: Washington Examiner