LYMAN L. HUBBARD
1927 – January 12, 2012
Lyman Hubbard grew up in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Feitshans High School in 1944. He later earned an Associate’s degree from Springfield Junior College and a Bachelor’s degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
In late 1943 or early 1944 Hubbard joined the Air Force. He was a member of the graduating class 45-H at Tuskegee Army Air Base in Alabama. He went on to fly B-25 bombers. Hubbard has the distinction of being the only Tuskegee Airman from Springfield, Illinois. https://www.sj-r.com/x713198018/Member-of-WWII-Tuskegee-Airmen-dies-in-Springfield
Links to more information about Lyman L. Hubbard
State Journal Register Obituary
January 12, 2012
State Journal- Register Article
"Member of WWII Tuskegee Airmen dies in Springfield"
By Chris Dettro; Posted Jan 19, 2012
America's Tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen
"Memorial to Tuskegee Airman, Lyman L. Hubbard Jr."
Submitted by Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
About the Tuskegee Airmen
The first black flying unit in American military history was the 99th Pursuit Squadron, later redesignated as the 99th Fighter Squadron. It was activated at Chanute Field, Illinois, in March 1941, but it did not at first have any pilots assigned, because those pilots had not yet been trained. Personnel of the squadron trained as airplane mechanics and in other specialized duties that would support the unit’s pilots once those pilots were trained at another base. https://www.redtail.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/A-Short-History-of-the-Tuskegee-Airmen.pdf
These African American pilots were known as The Red Tail Pilots. Their mission during World War II was to provide cover for the bomber planes. The pilots were only allowed to serve in segregated squadrons and had to overcome prejudice and misconceptions about their ability to fly in order to carry out their duties. In spite of the poor treatment and racism they endured, the pilots turned out to be some of the best bomber escorts that we have ever had.
In 2016, the board of Directors of the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum worked to bring the Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tail” Exhibit to Springfield, IL. Over 500 School district students attended the traveling exhibit and visited the “Red Tail” exhibit at the Museum.
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN’S PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY
So what can we learn from the Tuskegee Airmen? While we don’t face “Jim Crow” laws or open segregation today, all of us have some form of adversity we must overcome. By using the Tuskegee Airmen as examples, we can learn principles that will help us overcome our trials and “Rise Above” those trials to accomplish great things. Here are the six principles the Tuskegee Airmen taught us:
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
USE YOUR BRAIN
BE READY TO GO
EXPECT TO WIN
Links with more information
High School Resources from NASA
Reach and Teach, "The Tuskegee Airmen Project"