Robert Harvey went into training to become an Army Air Corps pilot with the famed Tuskegee Airmen in Tuskegee, Ala.
A Dayton area man who was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen has died at age 97.
Robert L. Harvey Sr., was in training with the group of pioneering African American airmen when the war ended in Europe, according to the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. He died Dec. 18.
Harvey was a member of the Ohio Memorial Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Columbus.The pioneering airmen flew in racially segregated units in Europe battling Nazi Germany and escorting U.S. bombers on dangerous wartime missions. In a 2014 interview with this newspaper, the 1937 Dunbar High School graduate said he avoided being drafted in the Navy to join the Tuskegee Airmen.
“There was no advancement for black people in the Navy at the time,” he said in the interview. “None.”
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